Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

The leaders agreed that the need for humanitarian assistance in Gaza has never been greater and that rapid, safe, and unimpeded humanitarian relief must be provided to civilians.

The Prime Minister and the President discussed their concerns around Israel’s planned offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah and the severe humanitarian implications for all civilians taking refuge in the area, including many Canadians and their families.

Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated that the protection of civilians is paramount and a requirement under international humanitarian law. The price of defeating Hamas should not be at the expense of Palestinian civilians.

The Prime Minister expressed appreciation for the President’s support in securing the exit of foreign nationals from Gaza. He also thanked him for playing a key diplomatic role in ceasefire negotiations for the release of hostages, and for increasing the humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza.

The leaders exchanged on the importance of avoiding further escalation of this conflict in the region. They agreed on the need for a renewed path to ensure a two-state solution and emphasized the right of Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace, security, and dignity, without fear.

Prime Minister Trudeau and President el-Sisi agreed to remain in contact as the situation evolves.


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