France’s Macron: humanitarian aid must enter into Gaza without obstacles

CAIRO/PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron, at a joint news conference with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, said on Wednesday that humanitarian aid must enter into Gaza without obstacles.

Macron said that it was essential to get fuel supplies to hospitals, adding that a French navy ship would arrive soon to help bring support to Gaza hospitals and that a plane will arrive in Egypt with key supplies.

Macron also said that it was necessary to avoid regional escalation following the conflict between Israel and Hamas, adding that a two-state solution was necessary for peace in the Middle East.

“It is not because it is an old idea (a two-state solution) that it is an obsolete idea,” he said.

Sisi said he had agreed with Macron to work to contain the crisis in Gaza, introduce aid and seek to prevent other parties from entering the conflict.

He added that Macron understood that any displacement of Palestinians from the Gaza strip towards Egyptian territory would be “extremely dangerous”.

“We condemn all actions that affect all civilians and this should be addressed with one standard,” Sisi added.

(Reporting by by Clauda Tanios in Cairo and Sudip Kar-Gupta and Geert De Clercq in Paris; Editing by Toby Chopra)