Egypt welcomes Security Council resolution calling for Gaza ceasefire

Jordan’s King Abdullah says humanitarian access to the Gaza Strip cannot wait for a ceasefire

DUBAI: Jordan’s King Abdullah said on Tuesday that humanitarian access to the Gaza Strip cannot wait for a ceasefire and cannot be the subject of a political agenda.

The king said at an urgent international conference that “today we stand at a critical turning point in human history.” Our collective conscience is now being tested by the disaster in Gaza. Our humanity is at stake.”

“For eight months now, and without let up, the people of Gaza have been dealing with death and destruction, the scale of which far exceeds any other conflict in more than twenty years. The specter of hunger looms on the horizon. Psychological trauma is always present, and its consequences will remain for generations to come. Every place in Gaza is vulnerable to destruction,” King Abdullah added.

“A strong coordination mechanism involving all parties on the ground is needed, and effective and comprehensive separation between actors on the ground is essential to ensure the ability of aid agencies to work, organize and carry out their tasks safely, adequately and sustainably.”

The purpose of the conference, held at the invitation of King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, is to strengthen the response of the international community to the humanitarian disaster in Gaza by defining effective mechanisms and steps for operational and logistical needs.

The ongoing war in Gaza has resulted in a humanitarian catastrophe for more than 2.3 million Palestinians, resulting in widespread hunger, psychological suffering and massive destruction. Access to food, water, housing and medicine has become almost non-existent.

Moroccan Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch, Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides and Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi arrived in Amman on Tuesday morning to participate in the conference.

Ahead of the “Call to Action: Urgent Humanitarian Response for Gaza” conference, Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Abdullah Al-Yahya met with Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi on Monday. The two interlocutors discussed joint coordination in support of the Palestinians and efforts to strengthen joint Arab action.

They also discussed current regional and international events, with an emphasis on the war in Gaza and the resulting human suffering of the Palestinian people.

Lebanon’s interim prime minister, Najib Mikati, also arrived in Amman on Monday to participate in a conference at the King Hussein bin Talal Conference Center by the Dead Sea.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani is expected to arrive on Tuesday.

with Reuters

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