| 30 November 2023, Thursday |

Egypt to Host Int’l Summit to Discuss Palestinian Developments

Cairo is set to host an international summit on Saturday to discuss developments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the peace process.

The Egyptian presidency has extended an official invitation to many countries to attend the summit, informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

This included the US, China, Russia, Türkiye, and the European Union, and several Arab countries.

Leaders from Jordan, Palestine and the Gulf states are expected to attend, as well as representatives from international and regional organizations, including the UN and the Arab League.

Egyptian MP Mustafa Bakri affirmed to Asharq Al-Awsat that the summit will be attended by prominent Arab and international figures.

It will have two main objectives: firstly, to halt the Israeli aggression against Gaza and urgently alleviate the suffering of Palestinians.

Secondly, to explore a political horizon for resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of a two-state solution and to support the Palestinian Authority as a key party to the solution.

The convening of the summit aligns with the decisions made during the Egyptian National Security Council meeting, presided over by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, on Sunday.

Sisi had announced a commitment to continue communications with international and regional partners to de-escalate the situation and halt the targeting of civilians in Gaza.

He emphasized that the only solution to the conflict is the two-state solution, while rejecting and condemning policies involving displacement or attempts to resolve the issue at the expense of neighboring countries.

“There is a consistent Egyptian role in achieving de-escalation and peace,” stressed Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry during a press conference with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna in Cairo on Monday.

“There are risks of the crisis expanding and causing more casualties, with potential implications for security and stability,” he added.

Egypt’s top diplomat also highlighted that the current focus is on de-escalation, and it is essential to concentrate on the significance of a two-state solution and achieving peace.


  • Asharq Al-Awsat