Malaysia welcomes adoption of UN resolution calling for immediate Gaza ceasefire

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia welcomes the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution which calls for an immediate ceasefire and the safe and effective distribution of humanitarian assistance in the Gaza Strip.

Wisma Putra in a statement said that Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan has also reiterated for the root causes of the conflict to be addressed and for Israel to be held accountable for the atrocities inflicted on the Palestinians.

It added that Mohamad also called for the United Nations role in carrying out its humanitarian mandate to be reinforced.

Wisma Putra said that this was said when Mohamad when leading a Malaysian delegation to the "Call for Action: Urgent Humanitarian Response for Gaza" high-level conference held at the King Hussein bin Talal convention centre in Jordan

"During the conference, the Foreign Minister welcomed the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 2735 (2024), which among others calls for an immediate, full and complete ceasefire, as well as the safe and effective distribution of humanitarian assistance at scale throughout the Gaza Strip," it said in a statement.

On June 10, the Security Council adopted by 14 votes in favour - with the Russian Federation abstaining - a resolution proposing a comprehensive three-phase ceasefire deal to end the war in Gaza, urging both Israel and Hamas to implement it fully and without delay and condition.

Mohamad said this during the high-level conference co-organised by Jordan, Egypt and the United Nations to galvanise international humanitarian support for Gaza.

A total of 75 representatives comprising heads of states/governments and ministers, UN agencies, international organisations and key stakeholders participated in the Conference.

Mohamad also took the opportunity to meet and discuss bilateral issues at the sidelines of the conference.

During a meeting with United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken, both ministers concurred that a ceasefire is also imperative for any humanitarian response in Gaza to be effective.

"Both also spoke on Asean, with the US expressing support for Asean's centrality. Blinken also appreciated Malaysia’s support to the US' Resolution which was adopted by the UNSC on June 10, 2024," it said.

The Foreign Ministry said Mohamad has also lauded Spain's recognition of Palestine's statehood during his meeting with his Spanish counterpart José Manuel Albares Bueno.

It added that Mohamad had discussed the urgency of channeling unhindered humanitarian aid into Gaza in his meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi.

"During his visit, the Foreign Minister also handed over a contribution amounting to USD500,000 respectively to the Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organisation (JHCO) and the King Hussein Cancer Centre through the Humanitarian Trust Fund for Palestine (KHCC).

"Malaysia has been collaborating with JHCO in providing food, medicine and essential supplies necessary for the survival and well-being of Gazans, while the KHCC provides free treatment and care to Palestinians suffering from cancer,"it said.

The Foreign Ministry said Mohamad's working visit attests to Malaysia's undivided support to the Palestinian cause both at the bilateral and multilateral fora.

The visit, it said, provided an important avenue for Malaysia to continue and intensify her diplomatic engagements, for an immediate, full and complete ceasefire and end of hostilities in Gaza.

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