United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday lauded Egypt’s efforts and its constant communications with Israeli and Palestinian officials to enforce a lull between the two sides in order to resume indirect negotiations.
This came in a phone conversation between Ban and Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri.
During the telephone call, Ban thanked Egypt for its humanitarian aid provided for the Palestinian people in the war-ravaged Gaza Strip, which has been reeling under Israeli aggression since July, through the Rafah border crossing which is constantly open, said a statement by the Foreign Ministry.
The UN chief affirmed that he would resume his contacts with concerned parties and effective international players to support Egypt’s efforts in order to reach a ceasefire, resume peace negotiations and discuss the strip reconstruction.
This will be held through talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, US Secretary of State John Kerry and international partners to ensure international cooperation in supporting Egyptian efforts, the statement added.
For his part, Shoukri stressed the continuation of Egyptian contacts and efforts to stop the bloodshed of Palestinians, to reach a ceasefire, lift the Israeli blockade on Gaza and convene an international conference, which will be hosted by Egypt in cooperation with Norway, to discuss Gaza reconstruction, noted the statement.
Israeli aggression on the Strip has so far left more than 2,100 Palestinians dead and 10,000 others injured.