UN chief Guterres to meet Sissi in Egypt to discuss Gaza aid

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the situation in Israel and Gaza during a news briefing at United Nations headquarters, Oct. 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the situation in Israel and Gaza during a news briefing at United Nations headquarters, Oct. 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will meet on Thursday in Egypt with President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi to discuss how to get humanitarian aid into Gaza as it endures steady attacks from Israel, the UN says.

Guterres, who is now in China, will confer with Egypt’s leader and other officials in Cairo, spokesman Stephane Dujarric says. Guterres will also speak Saturday at an international conference that Sissi is sponsoring, according to Dujarric.

He did not specify if the UN secretary-general will also go to Israel or anywhere else in the Middle East.

“Obviously, we need, in order to move humanitarian aid through Gaza, we need safe passage, right? We can’t move humanitarian trucks and convoys while active bombardment is ongoing,” Dujarric says.

He adds: “There are intense discussions going on in which we’re involved with a number of parties in order to try to get the most basic humanitarian aid in as quickly as possible and that’s food, water, medicine. Those things are urgently needed.”

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