Cairo: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan attended the Cairo Peace Summit, opened on Saturday by Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The event was attended by leaders from several Arab nations and other countries, along with their government representatives, and the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres.
His Highness’ participation in the summit aligns with the UAE’s continued efforts to collaborate with international partners in supporting all diplomatic efforts and initiatives aimed at establishing a just, comprehensive, secure and sustainable peace that ends violence. in the region and improve regional security and stability. .
The summit, convened at the invitation of the Egyptian president, seeks to address de-escalation in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian territories, emphasizing the top priority of an immediate ceasefire and end to hostilities to prevent further expansion of the conflict and exacerbation of humanitarian problems. Crisis in the Middle East. Furthermore, the summit will discuss developments related to the Palestinian cause and its future, and will work to define a clear horizon to achieve a just, comprehensive, secure and sustainable peace in the region.
The summit was attended by members of the delegation accompanying His Highness the President, including His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Ali Mohammed Hammad Al Shamsi, Secretary General of the Supreme National Security Council; Dr. Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the UAE; and Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation.
Leaders and representatives of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the State of Qatar, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait, the Republic of Iraq and the State of Palestine, as well as the Republic of Turkey, the Republic of Greece and the Italian Republic. and the United Nations, in the presence of Dr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the Arab League.
Call to protect innocent civilians
In his opening speech, the Egyptian president stated: “We are facing an unprecedented crisis that requires full attention to prevent the expansion of this conflict, which threatens the stability of the region and international peace and security.”
He called for international protection for innocent civilians and an end to their attacks, warning of a serious humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.
The Egyptian President said: “We meet today in difficult times that test our humanity before our interests and examine the depth of our belief in the value of human beings and their right to life, putting under scrutiny and examination the principles that we claim to embrace.” He asked: “Where are the values of human civilization that we have built over millennia and centuries? Where is equality among human beings without discrimination, differentiation or double standards?”
He affirmed that the solution to the Palestinian question is not the displacement or expulsion of an entire people to other areas, but that the only solution is justice, that the Palestinians obtain their legitimate rights to self-determination and live with dignity and security in a independent country. been in their land like other nations.
Sheikh Mohamed emphasizes urgent priority in providing humanitarian support
His Highness had earlier arrived at the summit venue, the St. Regis Almasa Hotel in Egypt’s administrative capital, where he was received by President Al Sisi. Group photographs of His Highness and President Al Sisi were taken.
In his statement at the Cairo Peace Summit, His Highness emphasized the utmost and urgent priority of providing humanitarian support to civilians in the Gaza Strip and ensuring safe and stable humanitarian corridors to continue providing relief and medical assistance, given the criticism humanitarian situation in the region. .
He welcomed the positive step that began on Saturday in this regard with the opening of a crossing to deliver aid to civilians, praising the efforts of the United Nations and the Arab Republic of Egypt in this matter. He highlighted the importance of ensuring the sustainability of this process to safely address the growing humanitarian needs of the population of the Gaza Strip.
His Highness expressed his gratitude to President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi for convening this important summit and conveyed his hopes that it will pave the way for a reduction in tensions and lasting peace in the region.
United Arab Emirates intensifies its efforts to contain the situation
His Highness stated that the United Arab Emirates continues to intensify its efforts since the beginning of the conflict, including through bilateral engagement and the adoption of measures within the UN Security Council, to contain the situation. He highlighted the UAE’s firm stance against attacks against civilians, insisting on respect for international humanitarian law in this regard and ensuring unimpeded humanitarian support. Furthermore, His Highness emphasized that the UAE will spare no effort to promote initiatives that lead to peace and stability in collaboration with its regional and global allies and friends.
His Highness added that the experiences of recent decades, leading to the current conflict, affirm that in the absence of a clear political horizon leading to a just, comprehensive, secure and sustainable peace, the region will remain vulnerable to continuous cycles of violence. Such unrest depletes the region’s resources and diminishes its people’s hopes for development and prosperity, since there can be no development without peace.
His Highness also emphasized the need to counter voices that seek to exploit the conflict to spread messages of hate, as this has serious consequences for coexistence and peace, not only in the Middle East but throughout the world.
Furthermore, he highlighted that the Middle East has immense religious, economic and strategic importance for the entire world. Therefore, its stability is of global interest and working to promote peace in that country is also an international responsibility.
His Highness also attended the banquet hosted by His Excellency President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi as a tribute to the delegations and participants in the Cairo Peace Summit.