CAIRO: Spanish Foreign Minister José García-Margallo y Marfi said Sunday on the sidelines of Gaza conflict talks in Egypt that Spain supports the establishment of a Palestinian state at the earliest possible opportunity.
As reported by Youm7, García-Margallo’s statements came at international talks taking place in Egypt aimed at ending the ongoing Israeli military campaign in the Gaza Strip that has killed over a 1,000 Palestinians.
On Sunday, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received García-Margallo at the headquarters of the presidency in Heliopolis.
The meeting was also attended by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Manuel Gomez, the director of the Mediterranean, Africa, Morocco and Middle East bureau in the Spanish Foreign Ministry.
A number of high profile figures from different countries have visited Egypt in recent days to discuss a ceasefire.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond were in Cairo Thursday to hold talks on the matter.
As reported by Time magazine, Hamas accepted a 24-hour humanitarian truce, proposed by the U.N., starting from 2 p.m. Sunday. A previous Israeli proposed 24-hour truce was rejected by Hamas, as the proposal did not include a withdrawal of troops from Gaza and the return of Gazans to their homes. There have been conflicting reports from numerous media outlets as to whether the ceasefire is actually being observed by either side.
Israel launched its offensive on July 8, claiming to target Hamas, and killing at least 1,054 Palestinians and injuring 6,000, Al Jazeera has reported. Most of the victims were civilians.
The Israeli army death toll has reached 43 according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz Saturday.
Rafah border operating in Eid al-Fitr
The Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan begins Monday, and officials at the Rafah border crossing in North Sinai told Youm7 that the border will continue operating and will not be closed during the three days of holiday.
Rafah border will continue receiving humanitarian aid and convoys heading to Gaza, as well as receiving injured Palestinians coming from the enclave to Egypt for treatment.
Additional Reporting by Mohamed el-Galy, Mohamed Hussein and Samar Samir