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Greek FM Gerapetritis in Cairo: Situation in Gaza needs immediate action

Foreign Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis said on Wednesday that Greece is very concerned about the current situation in Gaza and the increasing maritime insecurity in the Red Sea.

“We are very concerned about the situation amid the spread of hostilities from all directions and on all sides. There have been hostilities in northern Israel, southern Lebanon, and the Red Sea,” Gerapetritis said after a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in Cairo..

The Foreign Minister emphasized the need to ensure there is no more displacement of people from Gaza, and that humanitarian relief efforts should intensify in order to avert an escalation in the crisis.

“The humanitarian situation in Gaza and the high number of casualties require immediate action,” he stressed.

Especially regarding the Red Sea, Gerapetritis said that “Greece, as the country with the largest merchant fleet in the world, and Egypt, which controls the geostrategic connection point between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, have a common interest in imposing stability in the region.”

“Greece, as a reliable strategic ally of all Arab nations and especially Egypt, is doing its utmost to prevent an escalation and to find a real solution to this intense problem.”

Prior to his meeting with Soukry, Gerapetritis was received by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

The two sides confirmed the strong bond between the two countries, thegeopolitical and economic cooperation in a meeting that lasted 45 minutes.

In his third visit to Egypt, the FM Gerapetritis met also with members of the Greek community in the country.

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