Egypt, China Stress Importance of an Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza

Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing welcomes his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in Beijing on Wednesday (Egyptian Presidency)
Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing welcomes his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in Beijing on Wednesday (Egyptian Presidency)
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Egypt, China Stress Importance of an Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza

Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing welcomes his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in Beijing on Wednesday (Egyptian Presidency)
Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing welcomes his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in Beijing on Wednesday (Egyptian Presidency)

Egypt and China on Wednesday agreed on the crucial importance of reaching an urgent and immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, and rejected any forced displacement of the Palestinians outside their land.
During talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi affirmed that the implementation of the two-state solution is the fundamental guarantor to restore stability and establish peace and security in the region.
China’s President received the Egyptian President at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, where an official reception ceremony was held, according to Egyptian presidential spokesman Ahmed Fahmy.
The ceremony was followed by extensive talks focusing on ways to cultivate closer bilateral relations.
The two presidents exchanged views on regional and international developments. In this regard, the Chinese president lauded Cairo’s pivotal role and unyielding efforts to reach calm and ensure the delivery of desperately-needed humanitarian aid.
Sisi then emphasized the urgent and imperative need to end the war in Gaza, underscoring the gravity of the Israeli military operations in the Palestinian city of Rafah and their severe humanitarian, security and political consequences.
Egypt repeatedly expresses its concerns about the devastating humanitarian impact of the Israeli military operations in Rafah on over 1.4 million Palestinians and the broader implications for regional peace and stability.
Cairo has called on Israel to open all land crossings between Israel and Gaza.
The Sisi-Xi Jinping summit discussed the situation in the African continent and ways to forge closer cooperation between the two countries. Sisi was keen on affirming that the utmost priority is placed on safeguarding Egypt’s water security.
Since 2011, Ethiopia has been building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile tributary. Addis Ababa claims the dam's primary purpose is electricity production to relieve its acute energy shortage.
But Cairo and Khartoum fear that the GERD will impact their share of the Nile waters. They have been demanding that Ethiopia join them in signing a binding legal agreement that manages the filling and operation of the dam.
Egypt has lately called on Ethiopia to submit impact technical studies of the dam. It also accused Addis Ababa of taking unilateral measures that contribute to tension and instability in the region.
Last December, Egypt announced that four-month of revived negotiations over GERD had failed to yield any results.
In Beijing, Sisi and Xi Jinping witnessed the signing ceremony of a number of cooperation agreements, including the joint development plan of the “Belt and Road” Initiative and strengthening collaboration in technological innovation and IT as well as a multitude of other areas of cooperation.
The Egyptian president's visit to the Chinese capital is his eighth in the last ten years.
The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) has revealed that the trade exchange between Egypt and China amounted to $13.9 billion in 2023, compared to $16.6 billion in 2022.
In Beijing, Sisi also met on Wednesday the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, Zhao Leji.
The two officials underscored the remarkable momentum the Egyptian-Chinese relations have gained across all fronts, materializing in the form of key cooperation projects and programs between the two countries.
The two sides valued the distinguished relations between their parliaments and resulted in the formation of the Egyptian-Chinese Parliamentary Friendship Group.
The chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress affirmed that his country holds in high esteem its historical relations with Egypt, emphasizing China's keenness to consolidate cooperation.
Leji also valued Egypt's pivotal role both internationally and regionally, particularly its efforts to advance peace and stability in the Middle East, in addition to its steady progress in achieving national development.
Sisi then visited the Monument of the Unknown Soldier in Tiananmen Square in the Chinese capital, Beijing, where he laid a wreath on the memorial.
Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, praised the “historic ties between the Arab countries and China, based on mutual trust and respect.”
This came during his meeting, on Wednesday, with the Chinese Vice President, Han Zheng, on the sidelines of the visit of the AL Secretary-General to Beijing to attend the tenth session of the ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum which will be held on Thursday in the Chinese capital.



US Military Targets Houthi Radar Sites in Yemen

In this photo provided by the Ministry of Defense (MoD), a Sea Viper missile is launched from HMS Diamond to shoot down a missile fired by the Iranian-backed Houthis from Yemen, Wednesday, April 24, 2024. (AP)
In this photo provided by the Ministry of Defense (MoD), a Sea Viper missile is launched from HMS Diamond to shoot down a missile fired by the Iranian-backed Houthis from Yemen, Wednesday, April 24, 2024. (AP)
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US Military Targets Houthi Radar Sites in Yemen

In this photo provided by the Ministry of Defense (MoD), a Sea Viper missile is launched from HMS Diamond to shoot down a missile fired by the Iranian-backed Houthis from Yemen, Wednesday, April 24, 2024. (AP)
In this photo provided by the Ministry of Defense (MoD), a Sea Viper missile is launched from HMS Diamond to shoot down a missile fired by the Iranian-backed Houthis from Yemen, Wednesday, April 24, 2024. (AP)

The United States military unleashed a wave of attacks targeting radar sites operated by Yemen's Houthi militants over their assaults on shipping in the crucial Red Sea corridor, authorities said Saturday, after one merchant sailor went missing following an earlier Houthi strike on a ship.
The attacks come as the US Navy faces the most intense combat it has seen since World War II in trying to counter the Houthi campaign — attacks the militants say are meant to halt the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip.
However, the Iranian-backed group assaults often see the Houthis target ships and sailors who have nothing to do with the war while traffic remains halved through a corridor vital for cargo and energy shipments between Asia, Europe and the Mideast.
US strikes destroyed seven radars within Houthi-controlled territory, the military's Central Command said. It did not elaborate on how the sites were destroyed and did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press.
“These radars allow the Houthis to target maritime vessels and endanger commercial shipping,” Central Command said in a statement.
The US separately destroyed two bomb-laden drone boats in the Red Sea, as well as a drone launched by the Houthis over the waterway, it said.
The Houthis, who have held Yemen's capital, Sanaa, since 2014, did not acknowledge the strikes, nor any military losses. That's been typical since the US began launching airstrikes targeting the group.
Meanwhile, Central Command said one commercial sailor from the Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned bulk cargo carrier Tutor remained missing after an attack Wednesday by the Houthis that used a bomb-carrying drone boat to strike the vessel.
“The crew abandoned ship and were rescued by USS Philippine Sea and partner forces,” Central Command said. The “Tutor remains in the Red Sea and is slowly taking on water.”
The Houthis have launched more than 50 attacks on shipping, killed three sailors, seized one vessel and sunk another since November, according to the US Maritime Administration.
The war in the Gaza Strip has killed more than 37,000 Palestinians there, according to Gaza health officials, while hundreds of others have been killed in Israeli operations in the West Bank. It began after Hamas-led militants attacked Israel on Oct. 7, killing about 1,200 people and taking around 250 hostage.
“The Houthis claim to be acting on behalf of Palestinians in Gaza and yet they are targeting and threatening the lives of third-country nationals who have nothing to do with the conflict in Gaza,” Central Command said. “The ongoing threat to international commerce caused by the Houthis in fact makes it harder to deliver badly needed assistance to the people of Yemen as well as Gaza.”