President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Jordanian King Abdullah II met in Cairo on Thursday to discuss the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip and the deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions of the Palestinian people in Gaza.
The two leaders condemned the recent Israeli airstrike on a hospital in Gaza, which killed hundreds of Palestinians.
They also called for an end to the violence and for the resumption of humanitarian aid deliveries to Gaza through the Rafah crossing, on a sustainable basis. They also rejected the Israeli policies of collective punishment represented in blockading, starving and the forced displacement of the brethren in Gaza.
The two leaders stressed that “any attempt at the forced displacementof the Palestinian people to Jordan or Egypt is rejected.
In a statement, the Egyptian presidency said the two leaders also “reviewed the two countries’ efforts to push for calm and de-escalation.
President Sisi and King Abdullah II called for an immediate halt to the war on Gaza, the protection of civilians, the lifting of the blockade on the strip, and the entry of humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people.
The two leaders affirmed the two countries’ firm position that achieving real and sustainable stability in the region is based on the Palestinian people’s obtaining their legitimate rights to their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with relevant international legitimacy resolutions, and in a way that allows peace, security, and prosperity for all peoples of the region.
The meeting comes amid a growing international outcry over the violence in Gaza. The United Nations has called for an independent investigation into the hospital bombing, and the United States urged both sides to de-escalate the conflict.
The two leaders renewed their strong condemnation of the recent Israeli bombing of Al Ahly Baptist Hospital, as well as all acts of targeting civilians, said Presidential Spokesman Ahmed Fahmi.
The spokesman added that President Sisi and King Abdullah held talks on ways of fostering bilateral ties in different fields, emphasizing their keenness to continue permanent consultation and coordination at the highest political levels in both countries.
The pair reviewed the persistent efforts made by Egypt and Jordan to push for calm and de-escalation in the Gaza enclave.
In this regard, President Sisi and King Abdullah reiterated their firm position that regional peace and security can be achieved only after the Palestinian people obtain their legitimate rights to establishing their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital in accordance with the relevant international legitimacy resolutions.