France, Egypt and Jordan call for immediate ceasefire in Middle East

Joint statement by the leaders of France, Egypt and Jordan¹

Paris, 19 May 2021

The President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sissi, and the King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Abdallah II, held a meeting on Tuesday 18 May.

They expressed their deep concern regarding the developing escalation of tensions in the Middle East which has already resulted in too many casualties, claiming the lives of many civilians, including children.

The President of the French Republic, the King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt called on the parties to immediately agree on a ceasefire. They also decided to work with international partners to reach such a ceasefire including through the UN Security Council.

The three leaders emphasized the urgency of addressing the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by resuming effective negotiations to achieve a just and lasting peace.

The three leaders emphasized that the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of the two-state solution remains indispensable for a comprehensive peace in the region.

They called for a full and unhindered access of humanitarian assistance into the Gaza Strip. They will work jointly and with partners and in coordination with the UN to ensure delivery of sufficient, comprehensive package of humanitarian help for the relief of the population of Gaza.

They agreed to meet again in this format in the coming days./.

¹ Source of English text: Elysée website.

Published on 19/05/2021

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