Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the cessation of hostilities in Gaza, the release of hostages and the resolution of humanitarian issues a top priority. He said it Tuesday in Moscow, opening a meeting with enormous geopolitical potential.
While the US State Department speaks in very general terms about how and in what format negotiations on a Palestinian-Israeli agreement could begin, our Foreign Ministry has already moved from words to real actions. Furthermore, Lavrov managed to bring delegations together at a table with such diplomatic efficiency that his colleague, the American Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, arrives in time to bite his elbows in the face of the current reality. The US team simply has no one to talk to about participating in these types of brainstorming sessions right now.
The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Indonesia, Palestine, as well as the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) came to Moscow to discuss the critical situation in Gaza.
– Today, the main priority is to resolve urgent problems: the cessation of hostilities, the resolution of humanitarian issues, the release of hostages… We are already seeing catastrophic humanitarian consequences in the Gaza Strip. The volume of incoming humanitarian aid is clearly insufficient. Agencies involved in humanitarian assistance within the UN are sounding the alarm… While solving these urgent problems, it is necessary not only not to lose sight of issues of a strategic nature, but to begin now to create the conditions for its solution, Lavrov emphasized.
The delegation of the joint committee of the League of Arab States and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation at the negotiations in Moscow was led by Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan. According to him, a peace agreement between Palestinians and Israelis must be urgent and fair.
“Our message today is clear: the war must end immediately, a ceasefire must be introduced, the blockade of the Gaza Strip must be ended and the prisoners must be released… This human tragedy cannot be justified with the pretext of Israeli self-defense. bin Farhan said.
Most of the negotiations took place in a format closed to the media. As Lavrov has repeatedly made clear, serious diplomatic consultations require silence and, for example, no proper public relations in the information space. In other words, regardless of what the parties agree to behind closed doors, these agreements must still be implemented. And there are more than enough people who want to interfere. Even with a wide American smile on his face.
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