MADRID, 21 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, will travel to Cairo on Friday, thus prolonging the visit he will make on Thursday to Israel and Palestine together with the Prime Minister of Belgium, Alexander de Croo, to address the situation in the region in the face of the new conflict in the Gaza Strip.
As reported by Moncloa, both heads of government plan to meet in the Egyptian capital with the president of Egypt, Abdel Fattá al Sisi, and with the secretary general of the Arab League, Ahmed Abul Gheit.
These meetings are in addition to those that will be held the day before with the Israeli president, Isaac Herzog, and the prime minister of this country, Benjamin Netanyahu, and with the Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas, with whom they will meet in Ramallah (West Bank). .
Egypt is a key country in the region, since the border crossing with Gaza, Rafah, has become the only way to deliver humanitarian aid to the enclave and through which foreign citizens who were trapped can leave. for the conflict. To date, more than 170 Hispano-Palestinians and their families have managed to leave the Strip in this way.
The objective of this tour, which constitutes the president's first international trip after his inauguration, is to address with his interlocutors the impact of the terrorist attack perpetrated by Hamas against Israel on October 7, in which more than 1,200 people died, including two Spaniards, and the "critical humanitarian situation" in the Gaza Strip, as explained by Moncloa.
The talks will focus "on the protection of all civilians, the unconditional and immediate release of the hostages, the access of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip and respect for International Humanitarian Law," the Government has specified, as well as " in the search for a lasting political solution for the region, based on two States, Israel and Palestine, coexisting in peace and security.
The President of the Government is traveling accompanied by the Belgian Prime Minister given that Spain will hold the rotating presidency of the EU until December 31 and Belgium will be the country that will succeed it from January 1.
Sánchez has condemned from the first moment the terrorist attack perpetrated by Hamas against Israel and has demanded the unconditional release of the more than 200 hostages taken by the terrorist group.
Likewise, it has supported Israel's right to defend itself, always within the limits set by International Humanitarian Law. In this sense, the Chief Executive has been increasingly critical of the Israeli military response in Gaza, as the number of Palestinian civilian deaths increased.
During the investiture debate, Sánchez did not hesitate to call it "disproportionate", criticizing the "indiscriminate killing" of civilians and denouncing that Israel was not complying with International Law. Likewise, she demanded an immediate ceasefire to allow the entry of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip.
On the other hand, he committed to working during this term for the recognition of the Palestinian State both by Spain and at the European level, arguing once again that this is the only way to resolve the conflict and to guarantee the security of Israel.
The President of the Government has also proposed the holding of an international peace conference, for which he has already garnered the support of his EU partners and also some Arab countries, and whose main objective is the recognition of the Palestinian State. Precisely, the first time he raised this idea was during the peace summit organized by the Egyptian president on October 21 in Cairo.