| 3 March 2024, Sunday |

Arab, Islamic ministers meet Spanish FM, discuss Gaza conflict

Members of the Ministerial Committee assigned by the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit under the chairmanship of Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah met on Monday with Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union, and Cooperation of Spain, Jose Albares in Barcelona.

The committee members who participated in the meeting are Jordan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Al-Safadi, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, Palestinian FM Riad Malki, Turkish FM Türkiye Hakan Fidan, and Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

They discussed developments in the situation in Gaza and its surroundings. They tackled the humanitarian truce and the release of some prisoners and their return to their families.

They also reviewed efforts towards reaching a sustainable ceasefire to end the violence and long-standing conflict and contribute to opening safe corridors for the delivery of aid and urgent relief for the Gaza Strip.

The meeting discussed the efforts to launch effective international action to stop the war and the humanitarian catastrophe, as well as the commitment to protect civilians and ensure the application of the rules of international law and international humanitarian law.

The members of the Ministerial Committee emphasized the importance of the international community taking all effective measures to ensure the implementation of international resolutions regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, ensuring that Israel is held accountable for its continued violations of international law and international humanitarian law.

They stressed the return to the path of just, lasting, and comprehensive peace, through the implementation of international resolutions related to the two-state solution and enabling the Palestinian people to obtain their legitimate rights to establish an independent and sovereign state along the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The officials renewed their demand that the international community to assume its responsibility by rejecting all forms of selectivity in applying international legal and moral standards and protecting the Palestinian people from crimes committed by Israeli forces and settler militias against them in Gaza and the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.


  • Asharq Al-Awsat