US President Joe Biden yesterday called Egypt’s President Abdelfattah al-Sisi where they discussed strengthening the Gaza ceasefire, urgent humanitarian aid to the strip and international reconstruction efforts, Reuters reported that the Egyptian presidency said.
Also part of the discussion was also ways to revive the peace process between Israelis and
Palestinians after the latest wave of violence between the two sides.
According to a statement from the presidency, Egypt brokered the ceasefire, now in its fourth day after 11 days of hostilities.
“Biden made clear his country’s determination to work to restore calm and restore conditions as they were in the Palestinian territories, as well as coordinating efforts with all international partners to support the Palestinian Authority as well as reconstruction,” the statement said.
In Washington, the White House said in a statement that Biden in the call thanked Egypt for its “successful diplomacy and coordination with the United States” to end the hostilities.
The statement also said that the two presidents also discussed the urgent need to deliver humanitarian assistance in Gaza and support rebuilding efforts “in a manner that benefits the people there and not Hamas.”
It was Biden’s second call to Sisi within days to discuss the conflict. But this time, the discussion was expanded to bilateral relations and some regional issues, including Libya and Iraq.