Washington, December 8, 2023, Members of the Ministerial Committee, appointed by the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit held in Riyadh, convened on Thursday with U.S. lawmakers in Washington. The meeting, attended by Committee Chairman and Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, and Turkish Ambassador to Washington Hasan Murat Mercan, addressed current developments in the Gaza Strip and its vicinity.
Participants discussed the military escalation in the region and the ongoing efforts to establish an immediate ceasefire, protect civilians, and ensure adherence to international law and humanitarian principles. The committee members emphasized the urgency for the international community to take swift and substantial measures to facilitate the delivery of emergency humanitarian, food, and medical aid to Gaza.
They called for active engagement from parliaments and civil-society organizations to advocate for an end to the Israeli occupation authorities' violations against the Palestinian people in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. The committee members underscored the importance of reviving a political approach to achieve comprehensive and lasting peace. This approach should be based on the principles of a two-state solution and relevant international resolutions, aiming to realize the legitimate rights of Palestinians and establish an independent and sovereign state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. The meeting reflects the ongoing diplomatic efforts to address the humanitarian and political challenges in the region.