In China, Sissi calls for international community to end ‘Israeli siege’ on Gaza

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 10th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on May 30, 2024. (Jade Gao/AFP)
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 10th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on May 30, 2024. (Jade Gao/AFP)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, in Beijing for a meeting of Arab leaders and Chinese officials, says the international community must end an “Israeli siege” on the Gaza Strip, after the IDF said it had gained control over the entirety of Gaza’s border with Egypt.

“I… call on the international community to immediately provide for long-term humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip and to end the Israeli siege,” Sissi says.

He also urged the international community to “stop any attempt at forcing Palestinians to forcibly flee their land.”

Sissi adds there is “no pathway to peace and stability in the region” without a “comprehensive approach to the Palestinian cause.”

He calls for a “serious and immediate commitment to the two-state solution and a recognition of the Palestinians’ legitimate right to an independent state.”

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