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“Amalthia”: Joint commitment to promote sea corridor to Gaza by EU, KD, UAE, UK, Qatar and US

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«Αμαλθεια»: Κο&iota ;νor δΕσμευση για προоθηση θαλασσι ου διαδρoμου προς Γζα απo ΕΕ, ΚΔ, &Eta ;ΑΕ, ΗΒ, Καταρ και ΗΠΑ

The Republic of Cyprus, the European Commission, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Qatar and the United States of America confirmed their joint commitment to continue their involvement in the effort to strengthen humanitarian aid to Gaza through a maritime corridor from Cyprus, as a result of a teleconference under the Minister Foreign Minister Konstantinos Kobo on Wednesday.

In their Joint Statement on Ministerial Consultations to Promote a Maritime Corridor for the Delivery of Humanitarian Aid to Gaza, the CD, the European Commission, the UAE, the UK, Qatar and the US note that the Ministers pledged to continue their engagement and send senior officials in the Republic of Cyprus during the week of March 18 for in-depth consultations on the activation of the corridor, including US military planning efforts to establish a temporary pier capable of receiving significant amounts of humanitarian aid.

Senior officials will also consult on the possibility of setting up a joint fund to support the maritime corridor and coordinate in-kind and financial contributions to strengthen it.

The Joint Statement also notes that the ministers also reaffirmed that this sea corridor can—and should—be part of an ongoing effort to increase the flow of humanitarian aid and commercial goods to Gaza through all possible routes—including expanded land routes and of continuous air delivery, in close cooperation with the UN Senior Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction for Gaza, Sigrid Kaag, who is tasked with facilitating, coordinating, monitoring and verifying the flow of aid to Gaza in accordance with Resolution 2720 ​​of the United Nations Security Council.

The ministers also stressed the need for Israel to open additional crossings, so that more aid can reach Gaza, including through routes from the North, and the easing of customs restrictions to facilitate the increased flow of life-saving humanitarian aid.

The Joint Statement noted that the conference call was hosted by the Minister Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus Dr. Konstantinos Kombos and how it was attended by the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, the European Union Commissioner for Crisis Management Jannes Lenarcic, the UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs David Cameron, the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, and the UN Senior Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction for Gaza, Sigrid Kaag and that the ministers agreed that there is no meaningful substitute for land routes through of Egypt and Jordan and the points of entry from Israel to Gaza to provide aid on a large scale.


Source: www.philenews.com

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