Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi yesterday confirmed that Cairo “has not and will never allow the displacement of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to Egyptian territories.”
During a call with his American counterpart, Joe Biden, the Egyptian president stressed Cairo’s position regarding “the necessity to reach an immediate humanitarian truce, so as to enhance Egypt’s intensive efforts in cooperation with the United Nations and all international actors, primarily the United States, to deliver humanitarian, medical and relief aid to the people of the Gaza Strip.”
He also highlighted Egypt’s firm position of rejecting policies of collective punishment and displacement.
In turn, the American president affirmed that “the United States rejects the displacement of Palestinians outside their lands,” according to the Egyptian Presidency’s statement.
The two sides reviewed the latest developments in the issue of Israeli prisoners of war held in the Gaza Strip.
Earlier this month, former Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Al Jazeera that Palestinians in Gaza should evacuate their residences and relocate to the Sinai Desert in Egypt, where temporary tent cities could be established for them, amid Israel’s bombardment of the besieged enclave.