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Arab Leaders, In US, Call For Immediate End To Fighting In Gaza

The US and Israel oppose a ceasefire because they believe it will only benefit Hamas (File)

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Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said in Washington on Friday that the fighting in Gaza must end immediately, but that governments around the world do not consider it a priority, and that there is no credible roadmap to establishing a Palestinian state. He added that it was necessary.

At a joint press conference before talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, a group of foreign ministers declined to discuss the future of Gaza in detail and agreed to an immediate halt to fighting in the Palestinian enclave between Hamas and Israeli forces. He said the focus should continue. .

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said: “Our message is consistent and clear that we believe an immediate cessation of fighting is absolutely necessary.”

“One of the disturbing facts of this conflict is that ending conflict and fighting does not seem to be a top priority for the world,” he said.

He said humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza needed to be significantly increased, calling it “unacceptable” that aid “is and has been limited” due to “bureaucratic hurdles”. added.

A U.N. Security Council vote on a call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war was postponed for several hours Friday until after Mr. Blinken's scheduled talks with Arab ministers and Turkey's foreign minister. The Arab-Islamic Ministerial Committee is comprised of ministers from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, and Turkey.

The United States, which has a veto on the Security Council, said it does not support further action by the 15-nation body on the conflict at this time. The council last month called for a pause in fighting to allow access to aid.

The United States and Israel oppose a ceasefire because they believe it will only benefit Hamas. Instead, the US government supports a pause in fighting to protect civilians and allow the release of hostages captured by Hamas in the deadly October 7 attack on Israel.

In response to this attack, Israel bombarded Gaza and sent troops in what it called an operation to annihilate Hamas.

U.S. Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Robert Wood told the council that while the United States strongly supports lasting peace in the Gaza Strip, it “does not support calls for an immediate ceasefire.”

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told a news conference that if the resolution was rejected on Friday, it would give Israel permission to “continue the genocide.”

“Our priority right now is to stop the war, stop the killings, stop the destruction of Gaza's infrastructure,” he said.

“The message being sent is that Israel is acting above international law…and the world is simply not doing much. We disagree with the US on its position on the ceasefire. ” he said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for an immediate end to the war in Gaza and said an international peace conference should be convened to find a durable political solution leading to the establishment of a Palestinian state, in an interview with Reuters on Friday. .

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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