Aqaba Summit: Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine reject displacement of Gaza’s people

Sami Hegazi
5 Min Read

The Egyptian-Jordanian-Palestinian trilateral summit, held on Wednesday in Aqaba, Jordan, expressed the categorical rejection of any attempt or proposal aimed at liquidating the Palestinian issue, displacing Palestinians outside their lands, or reoccupying parts of Gaza.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stressed the need to enable the people of the Gaza Strip to return to their homes, and for the international community to shoulder its responsibilities to implement the relevant international resolutions, especially those of the Security Council and the UN General Assembly.

The spokesperson of the Egyptian presidency, Ahmed Fahmy, stated that the summit came within the framework of the defining moment facing the Arab region, as President Al-Sisi was keen to coordinate positions with King Abdullah II and President Abbas to ensure unity of ranks and positions, and to preserve the security and stability of the peoples of the region.

During the summit, President Al-Sisi reviewed Egypt’s efforts to open dialogue with all parties to achieve an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, pointing to Egypt’s keenness to provide, coordinate, and deliver relief assistance to the people of the Strip. This resulted in the introduction of thousands of tons of fuel and relief materials, and the reception of large numbers of injured for treatment in Egyptian hospitals. Al-Sisi stressed that what had been provided was not enough to protect the people of the Strip from the humanitarian disaster that they faced, which required a decisive pause from the international community to push for a ceasefire, which represented the basic guarantee to save the people of the Strip and defuse tension in the Gaza Strip.

The summit warned of the seriousness of hostilities in the West Bank, as well as violations of religious sanctities, which increased congestion in the region, and which could lead to the situation getting out of control.

The leaders also affirmed their full support for the Palestinian National Authority, allowing it to carry out its tasks in protecting the Palestinian people from violations in all Palestinian Territories.

They also rejected any attempts to separate the tracks between Gaza and the West Bank and stressed that the only guarantor of stabilizing the situation in the territory and protecting it from expanding the circle of conflict and getting out of control was a just and comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian issue.

They affirmed that a just solution to the issue was based on the establishment and recognition of the Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The spokesperson of the Palestinian presidency, Nabil Abu Rudeina, confirmed that the Palestinian-Jordanian-Egyptian trilateral summit held on Wednesday in the Jordanian city of Aqaba was part of a series of Palestinian-Arab meetings aimed at stopping the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip. He pointed out that the meetings of President Abbas with his Egyptian counterpart Al-Sisi and Jordanian King Abdullah II could develop into a broader meeting soon.

“Round-the-clock Palestinian-Arab-international meetings are taking place to stop the aggression,” Abu Rudeina said on Wednesday.

He added: “The meetings with President Al-Sisi and King Abdullah are based on what was agreed in the Arab mini-group on how to act in the international arena. They aim to force America and Israel to stop the war, speed up the delivery of aid, stop attacks in the West Bank, and stop settler attacks.

“We aim from these moves to put the US administration in front of its responsibilities, especially since (US Secretary of State Anthony) Blinken visited these Arab countries over the past few days,” he added.

“Until this moment, things are still the same: Palestinian funds have not been released, the war in Gaza has not stopped and Israel’s aggression on the West Bank has not stopped. Nevertheless, we continue our efforts as Palestinians and Arabs to turn to the US administration to pressure it and force Israel to stop the war,” he said.

Share This Article
Leave a comment