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Western-allied leaders issued a joint statement on Sunday regarding the Israel-Hamas conflict.
The leaders, including President Joseph R. Biden, Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada, President Emmanuel Macron of France, Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni of Italy, and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the United Kingdom, asserted Israel’s “right to defend itself against terrorism.” They emphasized the importance of adhering “to international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians.” Furthermore, they demanded the “immediate release of all remaining hostages” and underlined their commitment to assist nationals, especially those desiring to exit Gaza.
The leaders also welcomed the arrival of the initial humanitarian convoys in Gaza, pledging consistent collaboration to guarantee secure access to essential amenities. They also emphasized the need for continued “close diplomatic coordination” to curb the conflict, maintain stability, and drive forward a lasting peace solution in the Middle East.
This comes as French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Tel Aviv on Tuesday for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.