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European Commission takes a firm stance on Palestinian relocation

Palestinians fleeing to the south of the Gaza Strip
Palestinians fleeing to the south of the Gaza Strip
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12:49 PM EST, November 19, 2023

"We concur with the principle of no forced displacement of Palestinians and advocate for a political horizon based on a two-state solution," stated Ursula von der Leyen. As President of the European Commission, she expressed these sentiments during her meeting with Egypt's president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

On Saturday, using platform X, President von der Leyen expressed her stance on the enforced displacement of Palestinians. These remarks were in response to a discussion she had with Egypt's President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in Cairo.

European Commission president visits Egypt

Von der Leyen discussed the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip with President al-Sisi. She commended Egypt for its pivotal role in providing humanitarian aid to Palestinians.

In a post on platform X, von der Leyen stated, "We agree on refraining from forced resettlement of Palestinians, focusing instead on a political future shaped by a two-state solution". This statement referenced the notion of establishing an independent Palestinian state that would live side by side with Israel.

Heavy casualty toll

Following her meeting with President al-Sisi, von der Leyen traveled to the Egyptian side of the Gaza Strip border crossing at Rafah. Here, she met representatives of the Egyptian Red Crescent. In another post on platform X, the European Commission's president emphasized the need for more humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip, pointing out that Europe is the largest donor of such aid to Palestinians.

The war with Israel has resulted in the deaths of at least 12.3 thousand Palestinians from the Gaza Strip - AFP Agency reported on Saturday, quoting statistics from the health department of the territory, which is currently under the control of Hamas, classified as a terrorist organization.

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