Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

Cairo has called on Washington to provide security equipment to secure the border with the Gaza Strip, amid the dangers of an expected Israeli military action on the city of Rafah.

The Egyptian demands came during negotiations with the US side over the war in Gaza and include increased funding and the provision of security and radar systems.

The Egyptian requests coincide with consultations of U.S. officials with their counterparts in Qatar, Egypt, and Israel on a road map for a halt to the fighting and the release of all Israeli prisoners held by Hamas in Gaza.

Egypt strongly opposes Israel’s plan for a military operation on Rafah, stressing that the storming of the city will inevitably force hundreds of thousands of Gazans to flee south to the border with Egypt.

Some Egyptian officials have previously stressed that the displacement plan is not new, but rather old Israeli ideas revived with the war that erupted in the Gaza Strip.

In a related context, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received, on Saturday, both Stéphane Sigourney, French Foreign Minister, and Ayman Safadi, Jordanian Foreign Minister.

Minister Shoukry will hold bilateral talks with his French counterpart, followed by trilateral talks with his Jordanian and French counterparts on the war in Gaza, and the ministers will hold a joint press conference after the talks.

 

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