Foreign Ministry spokesman: There is tension in Egyptian-Israeli relations

Foreign Ministry spokesman: There is tension in Egyptian-Israeli relations

Hadeel Hilal

Published on: Monday, February 12, 2024 – 10:51 PM | Last updated: Monday, February 12, 2024 – 10:51 PM

Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that Egypt conveys its messages to the Israeli side clearly and directly in all forums, explaining that delegations meet in Egypt and other capitals, and that the security authorities are dealing with the issue.

He added during a phone call to the “Al-Hekaya” program, presented by journalist Amr Adeeb on MBC Misr satellite channel, on Monday evening, that “the Egyptian effort is primarily focused on trying to relieve the crisis in the Gaza Strip of the situation it is going through.”

He explained, “The Egyptian effort is focused on trying to address the humanitarian situation, dealing with the forced displacement plan, and moving on more than one axis, including: introducing aid, a ceasefire, and moving in the United Nations, with Washington, and the European Union.”

He stated that “the axes include dealing with the Palestinian issue in the future, reaching an exchange deal between Israel and Hamas, and reaching a truce; To spare the Palestinians’ blood, and to search for a glimmer of hope to relieve the crisis of its current seriousness.”

He noted that “the issue is complex and not as easy as some imagine,” adding: “After killing more than 28,000 Palestinians and wounding nearly 100,000 others, the atmosphere is not positive for responding to you so easily.”

He pointed out, “There is undoubtedly tension in Egyptian-Israeli relations. Do you think that killing 28,000 and obstructing the entry of aid means that things are fine?!” “Any reader of the Egyptian data will have the least analysis to say that Egypt is not satisfied in any way with what is happening.”

At the same time, he stressed that “Egypt is making every effort to reach a breathing truce, and is working intensively to reach a permanent ceasefire,” concluding that “the role of mediation necessitates the presence of channels of communication with all parties and trust in the mediator from all parties despite the presence of tensions.” ».


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