Foreign Affairs Ministers have sought France’s support to end the humanitarian crisis caused by the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
The visit was part of the ongoing efforts by the Ministerial Committee constituted by the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit to find a lasting solution to the war in Gaza.
The request was collectively conveyed by the foreign ministers of Nigeria, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt in Paris and the secretary general of the Arab League during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.
This was followed by a meeting with French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna in Paris.
The Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister, Yusuf Tuggar, reiterated the disproportionate use of violence against innocent civilians and the need to swiftly find a lasting political solution that will result in a two-state solution.
Tuggar, in a press release from his media aide, AlKasim Abdulkadir, on Monday, reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to a two-state solution and called for a ceasefire between Israeli Defence Forces and Hamas.
“Tuggar also condemned the disproportionate use of force against innocent civilians and the destruction of critical infrastructure in Gaza,” the statement said.
The meeting discussed the situation in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings, ceasefire efforts and protection of civilians, and the importance of establishing and building a truce.
Earlier, Tuggar and the Committee also met with the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, on November 21, 2023.
The Ministerial Committee, which is chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, met with Catherine Colonna in Paris in furtherance of the Committee’s engagement with global leaders aimed at restoring permanent peace in the Gaza Strip.
The committee members who participated in the meeting include the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ayman Al-Safadi; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Sameh Shoukry; the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the State of Palestine, Riad Malki; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye, Hakan Fidan; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi; and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit.