FM: Egyptian initiative will not be amended – Al-Tahrir News Network

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Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri said Egypt has no plans to amend the Egyptian ceasefire initiative out of its conviction that the initiative is complete and satisfies the main goal of safeguarding the Palestinian people against bloodshed as a result of Israeli military operations.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced support for efforts exerted by Egypt and President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi to put an end to fighting in the Gaza Strip.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri, Ban described talks held with Shoukri to put an end to the worsening situation as “fruitful”.

Ban said his visit is meant to support diplomatic efforts exerted by Egypt over the situation in the Gaza Strip.

The UN chief noted that women and children are paying the price for the fighting in Gaza, urging all parties to ensure a ceasefire.

For his part, Shoukri praised the UN role to maintain international peace and promote development efforts worldwide along with its efforts in the field of disarmament.

Shoukri also praised the UN chief’s role in various fields, mainly the Palestinian cause with the aim of reaching a solution to the Palestinian issue and achieving the aspirations of the Palestinians.

Ban’s visit is meant to tackle the Israeli military escalation in the Gaza Strip in order to protect the Palestinian people and stop the fighting in Gaza, Shoukri said.

Shoukri voiced hope that such efforts could achieve a much desired success.

Ban called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza. He called for putting forward a plan to help the Palestinian people in Gaza.

He pointed out that the Israeli people have had to take shelter from rockets and hostilities.

Asked about the Israeli massacre that took place in the Gaza Strip’s Shuja’iyya district, Ban said more than 60 persons were killed in the district, stressing the necessity to stop violence and engage in negotiations.

Commenting on a siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, Ban said that the UN demanded that Israeli authorities lift the restrictions on the Palestinian people in Gaza.

“The UN is working to provide humanitarian aid and establish schools and educational and health facilities for the Palestinians in Gaza.”

Shoukri also underlined the importance of the Rafah border crossing for Egypt and Gaza.

He noted that Egypt’s ceasefire initiative includes a clear provision about automatically opening crossings in the Gaza Strip, after enforcing a ceasefire between both sides.