Arab ambassadors received at Italian foreign ministry

Work on consolidating Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire

07 June, 17:04

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 7 - Italy's deputy foreign minister Marina Sereni on Monday received a delegation of ambassadors from Arab countries.

    The ambassador of the Arab league as well as representatives from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar and Tunisia were present.

    The meeting had been requested in relation to a recent spiral of violence in the Middle East, according to a statement issued by the Italian foreign ministry.

    For the occasion, the deputy minister underscored the need to work to consolidate a ceasefire reached between Israel and Hamas and praised the role played in this regard by the international community, starting from the US and Egypt. She expressed the hope that the parties involved will avoid actions that could foster fresh tension.

    Sereni reiterated Italy's longstanding position on settlements, demolitions, and forced evictions of Palestinians and on the status of the Holy Places, underscoring that Jerusalem is and must remain a place of peaceful coexistence between all religious faiths. Sereni then underscored the urgency of ensuring unfettered humanitarian access to Gaza and work for reconstruction.

    As part of Italy's consolidated support for a two-state solution, the deputy minister reiterated the need to bring in any possible initiative for a relaunch of talks between the parties involved.

    She noted that, in this context, the work undertaken by Italy and Spain for a more prominent role by the European Union on such an important issue for the security and peace of the entire Middle East.

    The deputy minister then underscored the importance of inter-Palestinian reconciliation and the need for the Palestinian Authority to be able to reschedule the electoral process as soon as conditions allow.(ANSAmed).

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