Egypt Calls For Full Palestinian Membership In UNGA

Raghad Khaled

Egypt Calls For Full Palestinian Membership In United Nations General Assembly:

Sameh Shoukry, Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) to recognize Palestine’s admission as a member of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) under its jurisdiction.

This came during Shoukry’s participation in the Joint Press Encounter by The Ministerial Committee assigned by the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit as part of a periodic briefing session held by the UNSC on the situation in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

Palestine has been an observer member of the United Nations General Assembly since 2012, limiting the country’s ability to participate, vote, and propose resolutions.
During his speech, Shoukry asserted Egypt’s unequivocal condemnation of the Israeli killing of civilians in Gaza, labeling it a clear violation of international and humanitarian law.
He continued by saying that Israel still aims to “displace Palestinians out of their land by making life in the Gaza Strip impossible,” which is a widely condemned tactic of forcible relocation.

In addition, Shoukry emphasized Egypt’s efforts to carry out the UN Security Council resolution on the humanitarian ceasefire and its accomplishments in working with Qatar and the US to initiate a prisoner and hostage exchange agreement that permits supplies to be sent to Gaza from both its north and south.

Asserting once more that “we will continue our efforts to extend the duration of the ceasefire and work towards a permanent ceasefire, putting an end to the war and destruction,” Shoukry urged the Security Council to back these initiatives and ensure that those accountable for the crimes against civilians face consequences.

In closing, he said Egypt saw no other way to resolve the conflict except to end the occupation and move closer to a two-state solution.

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