Egypt denounces as ‘shameful’ the US veto of Gaza ceasefire

Egypt expressed its deep regret and rejection over the repeated failure of the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tu…


Egypt expressed its deep regret and rejection over the repeated failure of the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday 20/2/2024.

This comes after the United States used its veto power for the third time, blocking the resolution proposed by Algeria on behalf of the Arab Group.

Thirteen members of the Council supported the draft, while the United Kingdom abstained and the US cast the sole veto against the ceasefire, for the third time since October.

“Egypt considers the obstruction of a resolution demanding a ceasefire in an armed conflict that has claimed the lives of over 29,000 civilians, mostly children and women, a shameful precedent in the Security Council’s history of handling of armed conflicts and wars,” added the statement.

The statement further emphasized that this failure carries a moral and humanitarian responsibility for the continued casualties among Pales
tinian civilians and their ongoing suffering under Israeli bombardment.

“Egypt strongly condemns the selectivity and double standards displayed by the international community in dealing with wars and armed conflicts in different regions. This casts doubt on the credibility of the current international system’s rules and mechanisms, especially the Security Council entrusted with the responsibility of preventing and settling conflicts and ending wars,” the ministry added.

Egypt reiterated its unwavering demand for an immediate ceasefire, recognizing it as the optimal means to prevent further bloodshed among Palestinian civilians.

It also pledged to exert maximum efforts to ensure the continuous delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

Additionally, the statement emphasized opposition to any measures that could lead to the displacement of Palestinians from their lands, including rejecting any Israeli military operations in the city of Rafah.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

UN, EU warn Rafah invasion would be a disaster for about 1.5 million Palestinians

Occupied Jerusalem, Tor Wennesland, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, described the situation in the Gaza Strip as catastrophic due to the ongoing Israeli aggression.

The UN diplomat warned that the occupation’s threat to inva…


Occupied Jerusalem, Tor Wennesland, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, described the situation in the Gaza Strip as catastrophic due to the ongoing Israeli aggression.

The UN diplomat warned that the occupation’s threat to invade Rafah City in southern Gaza Strip will lead to a more dangerous situation.

‘You can easily see the despair and fear that people face. There are about 1.4 million living in very crowded conditions in Rafah with no resources, barely access to medical care, no place to sleep, and no safe place to go,’ Palestinian Wafa news agency quoted Wennesland as saying.

Wennesland noted that the United Nations needs the necessary tools to serve the Palestinians on the ground, stressing the need to allow vital materials for United Nations operations to enter the Gaza Strip.

In turn, the European Union warned that the occupation’s threat to invade the city of Rafah would represent a disaster for about 1.5 million displaced Palestinians who resorted to the city coming from
various regions of the Gaza Strip.

European Union foreign policy official Josep Borrell said, ’26 of the 27 European Union countries agreed to a statement warning Israel against launching any attack on Rafah.’

Pointing out that the statement calls for an immediate humanitarian pause that would lead to a sustainable ceasefire and the provision of humanitarian aid.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Egypt, Tanzania explore new ties in transport sector

Egypt and Tanzania are exploring new avenues to forge a stronger partnership in the transport sector to enhance trade between the two African countries.

High-level delegates from both governments, including transport ministers and Egyptian investors,…

Egypt and Tanzania are exploring new avenues to forge a stronger partnership in the transport sector to enhance trade between the two African countries.

High-level delegates from both governments, including transport ministers and Egyptian investors, met in Dar es Salaam to discuss mutual cooperation and available opportunities.

Speaking at the meeting titled ‘Strategic Meeting for Strengthening Bilateral Cooperation between Tanzania and the Arab Republic of Egypt in the Transport Sector’, Tanzania’s Minister for Transport, Professor Makame Mbarawa, implored Egyptian investors to consider investing in Dar es Salaam Port, specifically in the construction of berths 13 to 15.

‘We are inviting them to cooperate in constructing berths 13, 14, and 15. It is very important. We can do many things, but without constructing new berths, we cannot address the congestion,’ Prof Mbarawa emphasised.

The minister also mentioned other investment opportunities, such as the development of the Bagamoyo Port, the development
of an Oil Jet at Tanga Port, the development of a Dry Cargo Terminal in Mtwara, and the development of Dry Ports in Dodoma, Kigoma, Mwanza, Dar es Salaam, and the Coast Region.

‘We have several projects to develop dry ports in different regions due to the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway,’ he informed the Egyptian delegation.

Prof Mbarawa emphasised that the partnership between Tanzania and Egypt in infrastructure development would address key infrastructure challenges and unlock new opportunities for economic advancement.

He argued that the development of any country largely depends on the transport sector, which enhances local and international trade. As Tanzania is a gateway for several neighbouring landlinked countries such as Burundi, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia, and Malawi, strengthening its transport network will lead to market growth.

Through the Dar es Salaam Maritime Gateway Project, the government has improved the infrastructure of the Dar es Salaam Port to
increase efficiency, including deepening its berths.

These improvements have enabled large vessels to dock at the port. He also informed them of ongoing projects involving the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

The minister stated that through the exchange of best practices, capacity building efforts, and joint initiatives between the two countries, the transport sector will be boosted, paving the way for sustainable development.

On his part, Egyptian Minister for Transport, Mr. Kamel El Wazir, mentioned that he was accompanied by investors and businesspeople from his country who have come to explore opportunities.

‘We appreciate the good relationship and brotherhood between the two countries,’ he stated.

He mentioned that their visit was in response to the visit of their President to Tanzania and President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s visit to Egypt over two years ago.

The two presidents vowed to strengthen the countries’ historical relations. ‘Egypt is ready to do its best to strengthen relati
ons with African countries and enhance transport networks for trade connectivity, in order to promote inter trade between the countries,’ he stated.

He added, ‘We need to build dry ports in different countries, but we should start constructing them here in Tanzania, which is the gateway to other land-linked countries. Therefore, we need strong cooperation between the Dar port and ports in Egypt. This will also lead to strengthened cooperation between the two countries, enabling the transportation of cargo to countries surrounding the Nile River.’ He stated that the project to invest in Tanzania will make it easier to reach out to other African countries, aligning with Egypt’s agenda for 2060 to invest in Africa.

The strategic meeting held yesterday in the city brought together key officials from organisations such as the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC), Land Transport Regulatory Authority (LATRA), National Institute of Transport (NIT), Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TM
A), Air Tanzania Corporation (ATCL), Tanzania Airport Authority (TAA), and Marine Services Company Ltd (MSCL).

Source: State Information Service Egypt

Syria’s Chambers of Commerce, Indian Embassy discuss bilateral investment and business opportunities

Damascus, The Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce discussed with the Indian Embassy in Damascus mechanisms for enhancing trade cooperation between the two countries, investment opportunities and ways to develop them for the benefit of both sides…


Damascus, The Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce discussed with the Indian Embassy in Damascus mechanisms for enhancing trade cooperation between the two countries, investment opportunities and ways to develop them for the benefit of both sides.

During their meeting at Damascus-based Golden Mazzeh Hotel, the two sides attached great importance to expanding the base of trade exchange, strengthening economic and commercial ties, along with making efforts and providing mechanisms to facilitate them.

The head of the Federation, Muhammad Abu al-Huda al-Lahham, pointed out the importance of improving the trade exchange process, especially since India has the potential and capabilities to establish joint work for the future, noting the strong and historical friendly bilateral relations.

The Indian Ambassador to Damascus, Irshad Ahmed, reviewed the most important sectors and main areas in his country in which investment and business opportunities can be explored, pointing out the importance of identifying t
he opportunities that exist in the two countries, exchanging visits between businessmen, and encouraging the establishment of exhibitions and joint projects that benefit the two friendly peoples.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency