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Lives of Palestinians no less valuable than lives of Israelis — Safadi

By JT - Oct 24,2023 - Last updated at Oct 24,2023

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi speaks during a joint press conference with representatives of the Arab Group to the United Nations Security Council's session on the Middle East in New York (Photo courtesy of Al Mamlaka TV)

AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi emphasised that the lives of Palestinians are no less valuable than the lives of Israelis.

In press conference on the sidelines of the United Nations Security Council's open debate on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question, Safadi called for the urgent delivery of assistance to the besieged Gaza Strip. He added that the Arab Group rejects the killing of civilians, regardless of their nationality or religion, stressing the importance of stopping the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

He pointed out that the continuation of the war in Gaza will not bring security, peace, or stability, emphasising that the only solution to the conflict in the Middle East is to grant the Palestinian people their rights and establish their independent state on June 4th, 1967 lines. He said that the support for the war Israel is waging gives a dangerous impression in our region that this war is between the West and the Arabs and Islam, indicating that nearly 6,000 Palestinians lost their lives since the beginning of the aggression on Gaza.

Safadi warned of the dangers of the current conflict in Gaza spreading to Lebanon and the West Bank.

On the sidelines of the open debate, Safadi met, in separate meetings, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs Peter Szijjarto. 

The ministers discussed efforts to halt the war on Gaza and its human suffering, ensuring the protection of civilians, respecting international humanitarian law and the delivery of food and medical aid to Gaza.

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