16 November 2012

Egypt: FM Calls on Muslim Countries to Take Clear Stance on Israeli Attacks on Gaza

Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr called on foreign ministers of Muslim countries to issue a clear statement on their stance on the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, condemn the aggression against the Palestinians and voice their support for the Gazan people.

In his address to the 39th ministerial meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that kicked off in Djibouti on Thursday 15/11/2012, Amr said, "Our agenda is full of concerns and challenges that we all know, topped by the Palestinian issue... our central cause, noble target and the necessary condition to achieve the security and stability in the Middle East and even in the world as a whole."

"We followed up around the last hours the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip that left innocent, defenseless Palestinians dead," the Minister said, adding that Egypt strongly condemns the brutal Israel attacks and demands that Israel stop them immediately.

Egypt withdrew its ambassador to Israel and filed a request to hold an emergency session of the UN Security Council, calling, as well, for holding an emergency meeting of the Arab foreign ministers on Saturday, Amr added.

"We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the martyrs and greet the Palestinian people on their steadfastness against the Israeli occupation," Amr said.

"We announce our full solidarity with the Palestinians and absolute support to the Palestinian cause," he added.

Minister Amr asserted that Egypt's stance is steady and clear. Egypt, he stated, does not accept any attack on the Palestinian lands or on any Palestinian.

"We back the struggle of the Palestinians to liberate their occupied lands and establish their independent state with Al-Quds as its capital," Amr pointed out.

He asserted that the Palestinian issue will go through a defining moment on November 29 when the Palestinian leadership will seek to obtain a non-member observer state status in the United Nations.

The Egyptian minister also underscored that the Palestinian bid is a fair demand which Egypt supports, calling on all the states of the OIC to advocate and support the Palestinians and to use their diplomatic relations and might to achieve their demand.

On another level, Egypt's FM said that the hearts of Muslims and the world are filled with sorrow for the sufferings of the Syrian people in their bid to achieve freedom, democracy and social justice.

He called on the member states of the OIC to intensify their efforts to provide all forms of support to Syrians and alleviate the suffering of the Syrian refugees.

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