The United Arab Emirates foreign minister on Friday shared his country’s growing concern over the increasing Israeli-Palestinian violence and called for a ceasefire and the start of diplomatic dialogue, state news agency WAM reported. Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan offered condolences to all victims of the fighting. “The events of the past week have been a somber reminder of the urgent need for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation. We reflect on the promise that the Abraham Accords hold for current and future generations, to live with their neighbors in peace, dignity and prosperity,” he said.
The minister added, “The UAE is alarmed by the escalating spiral of violence in Israel and Palestine. We express our condolences to all victims of the recent fighting, and join others in calling for an immediate cessation of violence and hostilities,” he said. “The UAE calls on all parties to take immediate steps to commit to a ceasefire, initiate a political dialogue, and exercise maximum restraint.”
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He continued, “We reflect on the promise that the Abraham Accords hold for current and future generations, to live with their neighbours in peace, dignity and prosperity.” Sheikh Abdullah offered the UAE’s complete support in solving longstanding problems between Israelis and Palestinians. At least 197 people have been killed in Gaza since the violence began on Monday, including 58 children, reported BBC. Israel has reported 10 dead, including two children. Envoys from the United States, United Nations and Egypt were working to restore peace but are yet to show any signs of progress. The UN Security Council also called for an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the worst outbreak of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in years.