Thu, 09 Sep 2021 - 05:38 GMT
CAIRO – 8 September 2021: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry reiterated Egypt's constant keenness on supporting the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the important role the agency is playing in backing the Palestinian refugees.
During meeting with UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini at the Foreign Ministry's HQ on Wednesday, Shoukry said he is looking forward to maintaining cooperation with the UNRWA in order to alleviate suffering of the refugees, with special focus on regional challenges and ongoing Covid-19 impacts, said Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez.
The Egyptian foreign minister added it is important to guarantee the agency will continue taking its humanitarian and relief responsibilities, added Hafez.
Shoukry appreciated the role the UNRWA is playing in promoting stability in the Middle East region, pointing out to the Egyptian efforts being exerted to back the Palestinian people, according to the spokesman.
Shoukry said the international community should play its role in handling the challenges facing the Palestinians, said Hafez.
In turn, Lazzarini commended the role played by Egypt and the country's strenuous efforts to back the agency and the Palestinian refugees.
He posted Shoukry on the latest developments pertaining to the UNRWA's mission.
Lazzarini said he is looking forward to maintaining coordination and consultation with the Egypt in order to achieve the agency's goals on the ground.
In a bilateral meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo last week, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi affirmed the need for concerted efforts during the coming period to back the Palestinian stance toward a political settlement.
Sisi stressed the need for the resumption of negotiations and the consolidation of truce between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Radi said in a statement.
This should come in parallel with the efforts to unify the Palestinian ranks through the completion of the reconciliation process and consensus among Palestinian factions and powers.
The president also affirmed the importance of backing the Palestinian authority and its role in the Gaza Strip as well as the need to improve the humanitarian and economic situations in the strip.
Sisi stressed the continuation of its efforts regarding the Palestinian cause, in coordination with the Palestinian brothers, with the aim of helping the Palestinian people restore their legitimate rights, in accordance with the international legitimacy resolutions.
For his part, Abbas voiced appreciation of the Egyptian continuous efforts and endeavors to support the Palestinian cause.
He also hailed Egypt's historic and unwavering role in this regard, which aims to reach a fair and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause.