Photo: Gaza strip
Spain and Egypt agreed Sunday to maintain “an ongoing, permanent and real-time dialogue on the evolution” of the Middle East, especially the Gaza Strip, with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo offering his full backing to Cairo’s peace initiative for the conflict-ridden zone.
Garcia-Margallo expressed his support for the measure at the meeting he held with Egyptian President Abdelfatah al Sisi at the Egyptian presidential palace.
The Spanish official, who has been in Cairo since Saturday on an official visit, reviewed with Al Sisi the current situation in the region, and he told reporters accompanying him that Egypt’s role in finding a solution for the Gaza crisis is “key.”
“Some regional problems are not absolutely foreign to Spain. Anything that occurs in this region has immediate repercussions on our closest environment and, therefore, on Spain,” said Garcia-Margallo.
The head of Spanish diplomacy expressed to the Egyptian leader Spain’s “pride” over the initiative in terms of its potential to achieve peace in Gaza and emphasized that it “should be welcomed and supported by all countries ... of good will.”
“The only objective should be to end the violence that is costing the lives of so many human beings, including a great many children,” Garcia-Margallo added.
The Egyptian plan, presented last week, was initially accepted by Israel and rejected by the Islamist Hamas movement.
During his meeting with Al Sisi, Garcia-Margallo conveyed - in the name of King Felipe VI, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the Spanish people - condolences for the recent terrorist attacks in the Middle Eastern country that “have taken the lives of so many people.”
At their meeting, the two men also discussed security, policy matters, economic issues and the role being played by Spain in the European Union and the Ibero-American community of nations.