Egypt to help in channelling Malaysia's humanitarian, medical assistance to Gaza, says Hishammuddin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Egypt and Malaysia will cooperate in channelling Malaysia’s humanitarian and medical assistance, including from non-governmental organisation (NGOs) to Palestinians in Gaza through the Rafah Border Crossing.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the matter was discussed with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Hassan Shoukry in Cairo during his working visit to the North African country on Sunday (June 20).

"The way forward now is to provide unimpeded humanitarian assistance and focus on the reconstruction of Gaza," he said in his remarks at a joint press conference with Shoukry which was made avaliable to the media here on Monday (June 21).

Hishammuddin commended Egypt’s swift response towards the situation in Gaza, including the opening of the Rafah Border Crossing to transfer injured Palestinians for treatment at Egyptian hospitals; sending of humanitarian and medical assistance; as well as the initiative to reconstruct Gaza through a US$500mil (RM2.08bil) allocation.

While the Palestinian issue has been ongoing for over 70 years, the recent 11-day attacks were different in the sense that it has sparked greater awareness and public opinion even in the United States and Europe.

"... we should use this opportunity to galvanise and ignite a new revival on Palestinian awareness to the world,” he added.

Hishammuddin also expressed Malaysia’s sincere appreciation towards Egypt for its leadership role, in particular, its critical role in brokering an immediate ceasefire agreement between Palestine and Israel in Gaza, which came into effect on May 21, 2021.

"The ceasefire is important in providing the much-needed respite from hostilities and violence against the Palestinians in Gaza, following aggressions by the Israeli Occupation Forces,” he said.

Hishammuddin is on a two-day working visit to Egypt starting Sunday which is his first visit to the North African country since being appointed as the Foreign Minister in March 2020.- Bernama

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