During a telephone conversation with Egyptian President Abdel Fattá al Sisi, French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his country’s commitment to supporting the humanitarian efforts in the Gaza Strip. He announced that France is ready to receive sick or injured Palestinian children in its hospitals and has sent a new plane with ten tons of medical material and deployed a second medical ship to support these efforts.
Macron emphasized the importance of international cooperation in fighting terrorism and called for an immediate humanitarian truce that leads to a ceasefire to deliver aid to the Palestinian population safely. He also highlighted the need for a comprehensive political process to achieve a just solution for the Palestinian cause, based on the two-state solution.
In addition to medical aid and humanitarian efforts, Macron stated that France will prioritize the release of hostages held by Hamas following an attack by Hamas on October 7 that left nearly 1,200 dead and some 240 kidnapped. The situation has escalated, with thousands of deaths reported primarily in the Gaza Strip, and Palestinians dying at the hands of Israeli security forces and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Macron’s statement conveys France’s commitment to providing humanitarian aid and medical support to those affected by the crisis in Gaza while emphasizing the need for immediate action on both humanitarian and political fronts.