Albares conveys his concern about the “critical situation” in Rafá to the Israeli and Palestinian ambassadors

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, has conveyed his concern about the “critical situation” in Rafá in the face of the imminent offensive of the Israeli Army to both the Israeli ambassador, Rodica Radian-Gordon, and the Palestinian ambassador. , Husni Abdel Wahad. As reported by Foreign Affairs in a statement, Albares has held separate meetings with the ambassadors “to evaluate the situation in the Middle East” and as a continuation of the visit he made last week to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Before both, the minister reiterated his “call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, the release of the hostages and the entry of humanitarian aid.” He also stressed to the Israeli ambassador and the Palestinian ambassador his “concern about the critical situation in Rafah”, where he has found refuge for more than a million Palestinians displaced by the Israeli military offensive in response to the Hamas terrorist attack on 7 October. Albares took the opportunity again to underline “Spain’s commitment to moving towards peace in the region based on the application of the two-state solution. These meetings were not initially planned on the minister’s agenda for this Monday, since Albares had to to travel to Algiers at the invitation of his Algerian counterpart, Ahmed Attaf. Finally, Algeria forced the postponement of the visit at the last minute for agenda reasons, as explained by Foreign Affairs, without the Algerian side having clarified the reasons. The local press reported in fact that the Algerian president, Abdelmayid Tebune, would receive Albares, although this meeting was not confirmed from his department.

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