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Egypt denies CNN allegations…and threatens to withdraw from mediation efforts altogether

Egypt denies CNN allegations...and threatens to withdraw from mediation efforts altogether

Dia Rashwan, head of the State Information Service, said the article published by the American website CNN on what it calls “Egypt changing the terms of the ceasefire agreement” in the Gaza Strip, are in fact pure allegations devoid of any information or facts. , and is not based on any reliable journalistic source. It complies with internationally recognized professional journalistic rules.

Rashwan added: “I challenge CNN to attribute the allegations it published to specific official US or Israeli sources, and I call on it and all international media outlets to be accurate in what they publish on such highly sensitive issues, and not to base their publication on official American or Israeli sources. of certain allegations about unknown sources which they call “informed sources”.

Rashwan announced that Egypt categorically rejects these allegations, and that “Inquiry” has sent an official letter to CNN, explaining this rejection and the grounds on which it is based, and demanding that the site immediately publish the Egyptian response.

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Rashwan continued: “The site responded a short time ago and published portions of that response, which included some of the observations contained in this document and in this statement.”

A fake article full of false claims

He explained that such a false article, filled with false allegations, does not lead, and may aim, to distort Egypt’s main and important role in ceasefire attempts and negotiations in the Strip. of Gaza since the start of the bloody Israeli aggression against it, approximately eight months. There is.

He expressed Egypt’s astonishment at attempts by some parties to insult the enormous efforts it has made – and continues to make – over the past months to try to achieve a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, in order to prevent hundreds of innocent people from being killed or injured. civilians daily and the systematic destruction of all aspects of life in the Gaza Strip.

Rashwan explained that Egypt has noticed in recent periods that some parties play the game of constantly accusing the mediators, sometimes the Qataris, then the Egyptians at other times, accusing them of siding with the one of the parties and to blame them, to procrastinate and to avoid making crucial decisions regarding the ceasefire agreement and the release of Israeli detainees in the Gaza Strip in exchange for Palestinian prisoners, in order to preserve the personal political interests of some of these parties and their attempts to confront major internal tensions. political crises they are going through.

Rashwan noted that Egypt’s exercise of the mediation role in the ceasefire agreement and the release of detainees in the Gaza Strip and prisoners in Israel was based on repeated demands and insistence of Israel and the United States to play this role, a result of their awareness of the breadth of Egyptian experience and its professionalism in handling such negotiations, especially since Egypt has many successful experiences between Israel and Hamas.

Attempts to punish Egypt for its tough stance on the Palestinian issue

Rashwan stressed that the false publication and lies promoted about the Egyptian role cannot be interpreted as anything other than an attempt to punish Egypt for its firm and principled stances towards the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people in light of its mediation role. In this context, Egypt recently declared its adherence to the need for the presence of Palestinian elements on the Palestinian side of the “Rafah” crossing in order to accept that Egypt exploits it on its part, and its refusal to recognize the legitimacy of the Israeli occupation. on the Palestinian side of the crossing. It is also in the same context that Egypt’s position falls, in accordance with international law and international humanitarian law, by joining the State of South Africa in the lawsuit filed before the International Court of Justice. Justice against the practices of the Israeli occupation army in the Gaza Strip.

The head of the State Information Service concluded his statements by emphasizing that continued attempts to sow doubt and insult Egyptian efforts and mediation role, with allegations that contradict reality, will only complicate further the situation in Gaza and in the entire region, and could push the Egyptian side to take the decision to completely withdraw from the mediation it is carrying out in the current conflict.

Finally, Rashwan held the relevant parties, especially those who spread lies about the Egyptian position, fully responsible for the unprecedented humanitarian disasters and the war of extermination in the Gaza Strip, the killing and injury of thousands of Innocent Palestinians, their displacement and their starvation. and the destruction of everything in the Gaza Strip, in addition to the loss of lives of Israeli detainees as a result of the aggressive Israeli military operation in the area.

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