Cairo is proposing to hold an international summit to discuss the latest developments related to the Gaza crisis and the future of the Palestinian issue. This is stated in a statement from the office of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, which was published following a meeting of the National Security Council.
“Egypt calls on us to host an international regional summit to discuss recent developments and the future of the Palestinian issue,” the presidential office said on social media.
They emphasized that Egypt is ready to make “any effort” to achieve calm. At the same time, the country’s national security is a “red line”, and there is no compromise on its protection. Cairo is also stepping up efforts with its international and regional partners to deliver aid to the Gaza Strip. The presidential office added that Egypt rejects any plans to displace Palestinians or “attempts to eliminate the Palestinian issue at the expense of neighboring countries.”
Earlier, the Egyptian authorities, as reported by the media, refused allow residents of the Gaza Strip with foreign citizenship to enter their territory through the Rafah checkpoint on the border with the Palestinian enclave. According to Cairo 24, Egypt’s position is that the crossing is not used solely for the passage of foreigners from the Gaza Strip, they want it to provide humanitarian aid to Palestinians living in the region.
Israel has previously ordered Gaza’s 1.1 million residents to leave their homes and evacuate in any direction as its army prepares to launch a ground operation in the enclave, intending to eliminate the Palestinian group Hamas.
On October 7, Hamas militants invaded Israel, accusing its authorities of oppression and violations of the rights of Palestinians. The group attacked the border units of the Israeli army and entered populated areas, taking military and civilian hostages. The Israel Defense Forces responded by launching Operation Iron Swords, initiating large-scale bombing of the Gaza Strip. The total number of deaths during the clashes exceeded 3,500 people.