China, Egypt call for comprehensive, lasting truce in Gaza
Updated: January 16, 2024 13:43 Xinhua

CAIRO, Jan. 15 -- China and Egypt on Sunday called for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire in the Gaza Strip in a joint statement.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, held talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Sunday here. The two sides exchanged views on the Palestinian issue and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, including the Gaza crisis.

In the joint statement on the Palestinian issue, the two sides called for an end to all acts of violence, killing, and attacking civilians and civilian facilities. Both sides rejected and condemned all violations of international law, including international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

The two sides expressed deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and the ongoing suffering of its residents, stressing the need for adequate, rapid, safe and sustainable humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip with unhindered access.

Both countries called on the international community and donors to provide the Palestinian Authority with all forms of support to help it fully honor its entrusted duties in all the occupied Palestinian territories.

Closely following the situation in the Red Sea, China and Egypt expressed concern over the expansion of the conflict in the region, and stressed that the international community and regional countries should work together to immediately put an end to the aggression against the Gaza Strip.

The international community should shoulder its responsibility and begin to implement the vision of the two-state solution in accordance with the UN resolutions, to create political prospects for the realization of peace between Palestine and Israel and the peaceful coexistence of the two peoples, said the statement.

China and Egypt appreciated each other's efforts to cool down the situation in the region, ease the impact of the current humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, work for an end to the conflict in Gaza and support the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

They agreed to maintain communication and coordination on achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement of the Palestinian issue in accordance with relevant international norms.

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