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US President Joe Biden said Thursday evening that the truce in Gaza was “a real opportunity” to move towards peace. For its part, London called on the Israelis and Palestinians to make a “welcome” ceasefire “lasting”.
The international community welcomes the truce decided by Israel and Hamas in Gaza. US President Joe Biden estimated Thursday, May 20, that the cease-fire, expected in the night, represented “a real opportunity” to move forward towards peace, while expressing its “sincere gratitude” to Egypt for its role in the negotiations.
“I am convinced that Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live in security and to enjoy the same level of freedom, prosperity and democracy,” Joe Biden said from the White House. “My administration will continue our quiet and tireless diplomacy to move towards this goal. I am convinced that we have a real opportunity to move forward and I am committed to working in this direction.” The US president also said the United States would resupply Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system, which repelled rockets fired by Hamas.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for his part called for “rapid and lasting reconstruction and recovery that support the Palestinian people and strengthen their institutions”.
The UK also welcomed the ceasefire agreement and called on all parties to make it “durable”. “All parties must work to make the ceasefire lasting and end the unacceptable cycle of violence and loss of life,” tweeted British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, adding that London supports “the efforts to achieve peace “.
Welcome news of a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza. All sides must work to make the ceasefire durable and end the unacceptable cycle of violence and loss of civilian life. UK continues to support efforts to bring about peace.
– Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) May 20, 2021
In a tweet published early Friday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi thanked US President Joe Biden for his role in the success of Egypt’s initiative for a ceasefire in Gaza. Abdel Fattah al Sisi said he and President Biden both understood the urgency of managing the conflict between all sides through diplomacy.
With AFP and Reuters