Heads of state and government have started a meeting in Cairo, the capital of Egypt, for a summit. In light of mounting concerns of a larger Middle East disputes, the summit will address methods to “de-escalate” the Israel–Hamas confrontation.
Delegates from Jordan, France, Germany, Russia, China, and other nations will be involved at the one-day summit on Saturday, which has been branded the Cairo Peace Summit. The United Kingdom, the United States, Qatar, and South Africa all participate at the summit together with representatives from the UN and the EU.
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the president of Egypt, called on world powers to come to an understanding on an action plan to address the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip in his introductory comments.
Sisi also urged the partner to resurrect a road to Israeli-Palestinian peace. The objectives of the action plan included sending supplies to Gaza and reaching an agreement on a cease-fire, which would be followed by talks that would result in a two-state solution.
Speaking during the meeting, Jordan’s King Abdullah remarked, “All civilian lives matter.” The ongoing, unrelenting bombing assault in Gaza is brutal and morally repugnant on every level, according to King Abdullah. A surrounded and defenseless people are being punished collectively. It represents a clear breach of international humanitarian law. “It is a war crime.”
Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, requested the opening of humanitarian corridors while at the meeting. The summit’s potential outcomes have been lowered due to the exclusion of any Israeli officials.
Following weeks of aerial strikes, Israel is preparing a ground invasion on Gaza as the summit is taking place. Following Hamas attack on October 7 that left 1,400 people dead in Israel, there was a rampage. Israel’s counteroffensive has resulted in the deaths of over 4,200 Palestinians, and a worsening humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.
Last Monday, Egypt requested a global meeting to address the “developments and future of the Palestinian cause”. The conference, according to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, will seek “international concurrence” on the necessity of de-escalation and the delivery of supplies to the Gaza Strip.
Due to Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip, the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt has been shut down for almost two weeks. Yesterday, the strip opened to let 20 relief vehicles in.
Egypt, the first Arab nation to ratify a peace agreement with Israel over 44 years ago, is concerned about a large-scale Palestinian influx into its soil. Millions of Egyptian people, according to President el-Sisi, are against any forcible relocating of Palestinians into Sinai, he stated on Wednesday. Any such action, he said, would make the Egyptian peninsula a launchpad for assaults on Israel.
Egypt’s stance underscores Arab concerns that Palestinians would once more emigrate or be forcibly removed from their homes in large numbers. It took place during the 1948 conflict that preceded the establishment of Israel.
Arab nations have expressed outrage over Israel’s extraordinary siege and shelling of Gaza. Concerns about a breakout of war have been stoked by clashes on Israel’s border with Lebanon and attempts at assault by resistance groups abroad. Should a ground assault turn violent, the situation may go out of control. Concerns about security have been raised in several nations by the global increase in anti-Semitic and anti-Islamic abuse.