Ahram Online, Egypt Today
Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry is heading to Washington DC Tuesday to meet with a number of members of the US House of Representatives and the US Senate, in an effort to stop the ongoing Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.
According to the Ministry Spokesperson Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid, Shoukry will also meet with heads and members of the US foreign policy committees in the US Congress, with the aim of advancing and strengthening the strategic relations between Egypt and the US.
Furthermore, the Egyptian foreign minister will address the Israeli war and its repercussions, both regionally and globally, during a meeting at the US Centre for Strategic and International Studies in DC. He will emphasize Egypt's pivotal role as a regional actor, highlighting its significance as a key mediator and a crucial access point for providing humanitarian aid to Gaza.
Shoukry will then join the Arab-Muslim ministerial delegation, set to visit DC Thursday, where they will meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, several Congress members, and the US media.
The delegation's visit comes in line with the final resolution passed at the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit in Riyadh. The delegation is empowered to spearhead international action to formulate an end to the war in Gaza and tackle the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the besieged strip.
On Wednesday, Shoukry called on the United Nations Security Council to accept Palestine's membership in the United Nations General Assembly under its authority.
On the 60th day of the Israeli war on Gaza, Israeli forces increased airstrikes and ground attacks in the south of the densely populated Gaza strip including areas where Tel Aviv had told people to seek shelters, killing and wounding dozens of Palestinians.
The Palestinian death toll in Gaza now stands at 15,899, with 42,000 more wounded, according to the latest figures.
Egypt welcomes lifting the arms embargo on Somalia
Egypt welcomed the United Nations Security Council’s resolution on Saturday to lift the arms embargo imposed on Somalia since 1992, in a statement issued by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
“This resolution paves the way for the Somali government to continue its efforts in combating terrorism and achieving stability,” said the statement.
The foreign ministry added that Egypt reaffirms its steadfast support for the efforts of the Federal Government of Somalia to restore security and stability and enhance development in its sisterly country.
The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Somalia in January 1992 in response to the ongoing conflict and proliferation of militant groups in the country.
In February 2007, the embargo was amended to permit arms supplies to Somali government forces. After 31 years, the embargo on Somalia was lifted on Saturday.
Foreign Ministry clarifies measures carried out to evacuate Egyptian nationals from Gaza
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs answered Monday reporters' answers on the measures carried out to evacuate Egyptian nationals from Gaza Strip.
The press statement pointed out that the consulate in the West Bank's Ramallah receive requests from those who wish to return to the homeland and coordinate with officials on both sides of Rafah Border Crossing to facilitate the process.
With regard to Egypt's help on evacuation, 8,691 foreigners and Palestinian dual nationals transited in Egypt before their departure to their homelands. On the other hand, 421 Palestinians stuck in Egypt returned to Gaza.
Also, Egypt received 566 injured Palestinians, along with 300 companions, so they would receive treatment at local hospitals. Those are mostly children, and include 28 premature children. Moreover, 1,256 Palestinian-Egyptian nationals left Gaza to Egypt.