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Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participated today, January 31st, in the extraordinary ministerial meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) in Brussels, which is in charge of coordinating access of international assistance to the Palestinian side.
The Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid, said the meeting is situated as part of a European initiative to interact with the latest developments of the Palestinian question. Furthermore, the meeting also comes in light of the keenness of the various regional and international parties on coordinating efforts and positions in support of the Palestinian cause, and to push ahead with the Peace process in accordance with the international terms of reference, and the two-state solution.
Abu Zeid added that the speech of Minister Shoukry during the meeting affirmed Egypt's long-standing position regarding the Palestinian cause, and underscored the need to spare no effort in order to advance the peace process between the Palestinian and Israeli sides. Further, he urged the international community to react towards reviving the peace process in accordance with the UN resolutions, and to guarantee the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, pointing out that reaching a just solution to the Palestinian question would support security, stability and counter-terrorism efforts in the region.
In his speech, Shoukry also reviewed Egypt's efforts aimed to achieve the Palestinian national reconciliation, in light of the agreement to end division signed in Cairo last October. Furthermore, Minister Shoukry stressed on Egypt's steadfast stance to alleviate the humanitarian suffering of our brotherly Palestinian people. In this context, he called on all donors and members of the AHLC to start the actual implementation of the development projects, and to provide all forms of support to ease the burden of the aggravated economic and social situation in the West Bank and Gaza. In this regard, Shoukry outlined Egypt's eagerness to cooperate with all donors in order to implement these development projects and relieve the humanitarian suffering of the Palestinian people.
Furthermore, Abu Zeid noted that, during his stay in Brussels, Minister Shoukry was keen on holding several bilateral meetings to coordinate, consult and exchange assessments on the means to support the Palestinian cause. In this regard, he held talks with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, and with the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamadallah, as well as the Foreign Ministers of Jordan, Morocco and Norway, in light of the Egyptian efforts aimed to resolve the current exacerbated situation, and to break the stalemate in the peace process.