Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Antonio Guterres. WAM
President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan received a telephone call on Wednesday from Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
During the call, they discussed the urgent need to implement measures that prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.
The conversation emphasised intensifying diplomatic efforts to open critical humanitarian corridors and to establish a humanitarian ceasefire to enable the unobstructed delivery of relief and medical aid to Gaza.
UAE President and the UN Secretary-General underscored the priority of ensuring civilian protection in accordance with international humanitarian law, particularly in light of the violence and worsening humanitarian conditions in Gaza.
The two sides also emphasised the importance of urgent action to halt escalation and enable diplomatic efforts to contain the situation and restore calm.
They also highlighted the grave potential repercussions of the crisis on regional peace, stability, and security.
Moreover, the discussion covered the role of the United Nations in coordinating with key international stakeholders to find a political horizon to advance a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace between Israel and Palestine, to achieve sustainable security and stability in the Middle East.
The two leaders discussed prioritising the full protection of civilians in accordance with the principles of international humanitarian law, emphasising the urgent need to shield them from further suffering amidst serious escalation in the Gaza Strip.
Sheikh Mohamed ordered the joint operations in the Ministry of Defence to begin the humanitarian operation The Gallant Knight 3 to support the brotherly Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.
Leaders discuss the utmost priority of ensuring complete protection for civilian lives and emphasised the urgent need to open humanitarian corridors to facilitate the delivery of medical and relief aid to the Gaza Strip, in addition to an immediate cessation of hostilities.
The initiative is part of the 'Gallant Knight 3' humanitarian operation, which Sheikh Mohamed ordered to be implemented on Sunday. On Monday, five aircraft departed from Abu Dhabi International Airport carrying the necessary equipment and supplies for the field hospital.
The United States vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Tuesday that called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, drawing stern criticism from allies as President Joe Biden faces mounting pressure to temper support for Israel.
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The vote in the 15-member Security Council was 13-1 with the United Kingdom abstaining. The United States circulated a rival UNSC resolution that would support a temporary cease-fire in Gaza linked to the release of all hostages, and call for the lifting of all restrictions on the delivery of humanitarian aid.