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Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

The UAE calls for a ceasefire and humanitarian aid to the Gaza crisis

By Vaseline May31,2024

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently participated in a crucial meeting together with the Foreign Ministers of the European Union (EU) Member States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt and the Secretary General of the League of Arab States in Brussels.

The UAE is calling for a ceasefire and aid

The meeting focused on discussions on the Middle East peace process and ways to improve cooperation between the EU and Arab countries to reach a political solution to the ongoing conflict.

Represented by Her Excellency Lana Nusseibeh, Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs and Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to the European Union, the UAE stressed the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire, unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid, unconditional release of hostages, compliance with international law, and a renewed commitment by Israel and the reformed Palestinian Authority to the two-state solution.

Her Excellency highlighted the significant humanitarian assistance the UAE provides to Gaza, stating that the UAE is the largest bilateral donor of aid to the region. Since the start of the conflict, the UAE has delivered more than 32,000 tons of essential goods, including food and medical aid, to alleviate the suffering of civilians affected by the crisis. In addition, the UAE has made efforts to provide medical treatment and safe drinking water to those in need.

Improving cooperation between the EU and Arabs

Despite these efforts, Her Excellency emphasized that more must be done to overcome obstacles to delivering assistance directly through border crossings. She called for the immediate lifting of restrictions hampering aid delivery and urged accelerated procedures to facilitate the research and distribution of aid.

During bilateral meetings held as part of the visit, Her Excellency discussed the increasing coordination between the EU and Arab partners with a shared commitment to peace and security in the region. The meetings included discussions with senior officials from Germany, the United Nations and Canada.

Accompanying Her Excellency during the visit were His Excellency Mohammed Al Sahlawi, Ambassador of the UAE to Belgium, the European Union and Luxembourg, and Mr Abdul Rahman Al Neyadi, Director of the European Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The discussions underlined the collective determination to tackle the crisis in Gaza and work towards lasting peace in the region through joint efforts between countries.

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