Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry reiterated Egypt’s firm position regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is based on resuming negotiations in accordance with relevant international references and pursuing the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Shoukry, in his speech at a ministerial special session of the Arab League held via video conference on Thursday, emphasized Egypt’s categorical rejection of any unilateral steps taken by Israel to prevent this outcome.
Shoukry reiterated Egypt’s continued support for the Palestinian people and their leaders during current global circumstances.
He stressed the need to work to alleviate the suffering of Palestinian refugees in camps, and to mobilize more support for UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) efforts in light of the financial challenges it faces, to enable the UN agency to continue providing services to Palestinian refugees.
Shoukry highlighted the close link between achieving a comprehensive and just settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the one hand, and restoring peace and stability in the Middle East as a whole on the other.
He also allowed for space to focus on other common challenges such as the novel coronavirus pandemic and terrorist organizations.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm
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