Malaysia Strengthens International Cooperation for Humanitarian and Peace Efforts in Gaza

Malaysia Strengthens International Cooperation for Humanitarian and Peace Efforts in Gaza

Amman: Malaysia has reaffirmed its commitment to international cooperation in humanitarian and peace efforts in Gaza. Leading a Malaysian delegation, Foreign Minister YB Dato’ Seri Utama Haji Mohamad bin Haji Hasan attended the High-Level Conference titled “Call for Action: Urgent Humanitarian Response for Gaza” at the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Center, Dead Sea, Jordan.

The conference, organized by Jordan, Egypt, and the United Nations (UN), aimed to mobilize international support to enhance humanitarian aid for Gaza. The event gathered 75 representatives, including heads of state, government ministers, UN agency officials, international organizations, and stakeholders.

In his address, YB Dato’ Seri Utama Haji Mohamad welcomed UN Security Council Resolution 2735 (2024), which calls for an immediate, permanent, and effective ceasefire, the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid, and the reconstruction of Gaza. He emphasized the need to address the root causes of the conflict, notably Israel’s illegal occupation and oppression, and advocated for accountability through a reparative approach. He also stressed the importance of supporting UN humanitarian efforts.

“I called on the international community to intensify and mobilize efforts to channel humanitarian aid to Gaza, where the situation of the Palestinian people is increasingly dire.

“This includes the context of recovering and rebuilding Gaza, which requires support from all parties considering the high costs and long time frame involved. At the same time, I emphasized that a lasting ceasefire and political resolution are necessary for the effective delivery of humanitarian aid.

“Discussions also focused on major issues resulting from the Israeli regime’s blockade, including the closure of the Rafah border crossing, the ban on dual-use goods, and the restrictions on the entry of humanitarian aid trucks, where the estimated daily requirement is 1,000 trucks.

“Therefore, I stated firmly that all parties must support efforts towards achieving a peaceful resolution. To achieve this, I outlined three key points as follows: The root cause of the conflict, namely the illegal occupation and oppression by Israel over the Palestinian people, must be stopped. Accountability through a reparative approach’ must be enforced on Israel. Humanitarian aid through the United Nations, particularly UNRWA, must be strengthened.

Malaysia’s participation in this conference, at the invitation of the King of Jordan, King Abdullah II; the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi; and the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, reflects the international community’s confidence in our country’s involvement in championing human rights and the absolute freedom of Palestine.

The Foreign Minister also engaged in bilateral discussions on the sidelines of the conference. In a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, both ministers concurred that a ceasefire is crucial for the effective delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza. Secretary Blinken expressed U.S. support for ASEAN centrality and appreciation for Malaysia’s backing of the U.S.-proposed resolution passed by the UN Security Council on June 10, 2024.

“My schedule in Jordan continued with a bilateral discussion with His Excellency Antony Blinken, the U.S. Secretary of State. Both parties exchanged views on various bilateral, regional, and international issues of mutual interest. Mohamad said this on his Facebook page.

“I also emphasized Malaysia’s firm stance in the struggle for freedom for the people of Gaza. This includes the demand for an immediate resolution to the violence and killings being carried out against the Palestinian people. The U.S.-sponsored peace plan, which was approved by the United Nations Security Council yesterday, must be enforced as soon as possible.

YB Dato’ Seri Utama Haji Mohamad also expressed gratitude to the Spanish government for recognizing Palestine as a state during his discussion with Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares Bueno. Additionally, in his meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, both ministers discussed the urgent need for unimpeded humanitarian aid delivery to Gaza.

Demonstrating Malaysia’s unwavering support for the Palestinian cause, the Foreign Minister presented donations of USD 500,000 each to the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO) and the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) through the Palestinian Humanitarian Trust Fund (AAKRP). The collaboration with JHCO will provide essential supplies such as food and medicine, while KHCC will offer free treatment and care for Palestinian cancer patients.

The visit underscored Malaysia’s steadfast support for Palestine, both bilaterally and multilaterally. It served as a crucial platform for Malaysia to intensify diplomatic efforts aimed at achieving an immediate and lasting ceasefire to resolve the Gaza crisis.

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