Egypt welcomes Security Council resolution calling for Gaza ceasefire

Jordan’s King Abdullah says humanitarian access to Gaza 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 must not be the subject of a political agenda.

In his speech at the international crisis conference, the King said: “Today we stand at a critical turning point in human history. Our collective conscience is being tested by the catastrophe in Gaza. Our humanity is at stake.”

“For eight months without a break, Gazans have been subjected to death and destruction on a scale far exceeding that of any other conflict in the past twenty years. The specter of famine looms on the horizon. Psychological trauma is omnipresent and its effects will last for generations. Every place in Gaza is exposed to destruction,” King Abdullah added.

“There is a need for a strong coordination mechanism that involves all parties on the ground. An effective and comprehensive separation of actors on the ground is essential to ensure that aid organizations can carry out their work, organize and fulfill their tasks safely, appropriately and sustainably.”

The aim of the conference, which was hosted by King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, is to strengthen the international community’s response to the humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip by identifying effective mechanisms and steps to address operational and logistical requirements.

The ongoing war in Gaza has caused a humanitarian catastrophe for over 2.3 million Palestinians, leading to widespread hunger, psychological suffering and massive destruction. Access to food, water, housing and medicine has become virtually non-existent.

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

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

They also addressed current regional and international developments, focusing on the war in Gaza and the resulting human suffering of the Palestinian population.

Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati also arrived in Amman on Monday to attend the conference at the King Hussein bin Talal Conference Center on the Dead Sea.

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

with Reuters

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