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Egypt pushes diplomatic offensive to stop war in Gaza

Cairo, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The Egyptian Government continues a diplomatic offensive to end the war in the Gaza Strip, alleviate the situation of the more than two million Palestinians who live there and prevent a regional conflict.

This week, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Foreign Minister Badr Abdelatty held several separate contacts with authorities from various latitudes to analyze the issue.

On Tuesday, El-Sisi received the head of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), William Burns, who arrived in Cairo to participate in the new round of indirect negotiations between Israel and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).

According to an official statement, El-Sisi once again called on the international community to assume its responsibilities to stop the war in Gaza, and reaffirmed Egypt’s rejection of Israel’s military operations in the Gaza Strip.

He also stressed the need to ensure adequate delivery of humanitarian aid to Gazans, and called for effective measures to prevent the conflict from spreading to the Middle East.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Emigration and Expatriate Affairs, in turn, spoke over telephone with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his British counterpart, David Lammy, and met on Monday with Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

In 1979, Egypt became the first Arab country to establish diplomatic relations with Israel, but the aggression against the Gaza Strip, which began nine months ago, has created an unprecedented bilateral crisis.

On several occasions, Cairo has rejected the forced displacement of the Palestinian population from the Gaza Strip to Egyptian territory, as Israeli officials suggested several times.

It has also demanded an end to the fighting, the entry of more humanitarian aid and the end of the blockade imposed on the Strip.