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Foreign Ministry: China intends to invite the Security Council to meet to confirm demands to stop the war on Gaza


Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zaid, the official spokesman and Director of the Public Diplomacy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated that Sameh Shukri, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Palestine and Indonesia, and the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, met on November 20 in the Chinese capital, Beijing, with Vice President Han Zheng. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. These meetings come as the first stop on the tour of the ministerial committee formed in accordance with the decision of the recent Arab-Islamic summit, with the aim of working to stop the war in the Gaza Strip.

Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zaid stated that the foreign ministers and members of the committee were keen during the meeting to convey the unified and collective position of the Arab and Islamic countries, members of the League of Arab States and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, towards the inevitability of achieving an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Gaza, and ensuring the complete, safe and sustainable delivery of humanitarian and relief aid to the people of Gaza. The Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, in addition to the need to stop the brutal Israeli attacks against civilians in Gaza, represented by collective punishment policies of bombing, mass killing and siege, and also to categorically reject all attempts to forcibly displace Palestinians inside or outside the Gaza Strip.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman added that the foreign ministers stressed the important role that China plays internationally, especially as it is a permanent member of the Security Council and is chairing the Council’s work this month, and the aspiration to coordinate joint efforts towards stopping this war and ending the human suffering of the Palestinian people, noting the necessity of The international community should play its role in stopping Israeli violations that violate the rules of international law and international humanitarian law and holding their perpetrators accountable.

For his part, Mr. Sameh Shukri stressed, in his speech, the aspiration of the Arab and Islamic countries for a more powerful role on the part of great powers such as China, in order to stop the attacks against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, pointing out that there are major countries that unfortunately give cover to the current Israeli attacks. Shukri also explained that there was a declared policy to displace Palestinians from Gaza, but the strong Egyptian and Arab position rejecting displacement was a red line, stressing that displacement would threaten peace, security and stability in the region and the world. The Foreign Minister reviewed Egypt’s efforts to bring aid into the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing, revealing that Israel’s policy of obstructing the entry of aid is a systematic policy aimed at pushing the Palestinians to leave the Strip under the weight of bombing and siege.

For his part, the Chinese Foreign Minister welcomed the committee’s visit, stressing China’s position in support of Arab and Islamic rights and defending international legitimacy, stressing also the necessity of implementing the Security Council and General Assembly resolutions concerned with the crisis in the Gaza Strip, and the necessity of an immediate ceasefire to provide protection for Palestinian civilians. The Chinese Foreign Minister announced his country’s intention to call for a meeting of the Security Council at the ministerial level under the Chinese presidency, and his aspiration for the participation of committee members in the meeting, to emphasize the collective Arab and Islamic position demanding an end to the war, and supporting Palestinian rights.

The ministers thanked the Chinese side for the warm reception, stressing their keenness to continue consultation with China to advance ways to contain the crisis and limit its repercussions.

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