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Biden hails Israel-Hamas ceasefire

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Biden mentioned he had spoken with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of Egypt and that the Egyptians had performed a “critical role” in ending of  hostilities.

U.S. President Joe Biden welcomed the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas on Thursday after he spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and different leaders within the area.

 

“Prime Minister Netanyahu informed me that Israel has agreed to a mutual unconditional ceasefire to begin in less than two hours,”Mr Biden mentioned at simply previous 6 p.m. native time throughout remarks he delivered on the White House.

 

Mr Biden mentioned that the Egyptians had additionally knowledgeable the U.S. that Hamas and different teams in Palestine have been additionally on board with the choice.

 

Just a day earlier, Mr Biden had informed Mr Netanyahu that he “expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire,” in response to administration officers.

Earlier within the day Mr Biden mentioned he had spoken with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of Egypt and that the Egyptians had performed a “critical role” in ending of  hostilities.

 

Mr Biden had come underneath rising strain – together with from fellow Democrats and from overseas – to push for a ceasefire within the area. France had circulated a draft ceasefire decision on the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, regardless of the U.S. blocking, 3 times, statements from the Council over the previous days.

 

During Thursday’s remarks, Mr Biden mentioned he “commended” Mr Netanyahu for bringing the present hostilities to an finish inside 11 days and that the U.S. backs Israel’s “right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks from Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorist groups” which have killed Israeli residents.

 

Mr Biden additionally mentioned he had promised Mr Netanyahu that the U.S. would assist the replenishment of  Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defence system which the 2 nations had developed.

 

The President, who mentioned he had spoken six instances to Mr Netanyahu over the 11 days of the battle, mentioned he additionally spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as a part of the U.S.’s “intense diplomatic engagement.”

 

Mr Biden mentioned that there had actually been “hour by hour” discussions with nations within the area, together with with Egypt, with the intention of avoiding prolonged conflicts as in earlier years.

 

Condoling the dying of civilians on either side, Mr Biden mentioned the U.S. was dedicated to working with the United Nations and different worldwide stakeholders to “provide rapid humanitarian assistance and to marshal international support for the people of Gaza” and the Gaza reconstruction efforts.

 

“We will do this in full partnership with the Palestinian Authority – not Hamas, but Authority – in a manner that does not permit Hamas to simply restock its military arsenal,” Mr Biden mentioned.

 

“I believe the Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live safely and securely and enjoy equal measures of freedom, prosperity, and democracy,” he mentioned.

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