Jeddah, 1 November 2023 (TDI): In a significant diplomatic telephone call, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Hissein Brahim Taha, engaged in discussions with the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, focusing on the escalating Israeli military aggression against the Gaza Strip.

The call marked a crucial effort to address the ongoing crisis and alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people.

Hissein Taha, the OIC Secretary-General, called upon the European Union to play an active role on the international stage, defending international law and universal humanitarian values.

He emphasized the urgency of halting the Israeli military aggression against Palestinian civilians and stressed the necessity of opening humanitarian corridors to ensure the safe and continuous delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

Furthermore, he urged the EU to provide protection for the defenseless Palestinian population and compel Israel to adhere to its obligations under international humanitarian law.

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One of the key objectives highlighted by Hissein Taha was the EU’s contribution to the peace process, ultimately leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in accordance with international law and United Nations resolutions.

In response, Josep Borrell, the EU High Representative, underscored the immediate need for a ceasefire to halt the ongoing conflict, allowing uninterrupted access to vital humanitarian aid for those in need.

He affirmed the EU’s commitment to working closely with regional partners to safeguard and assist civilians by facilitating access to essential resources, including food, water, medical care, and fuel for the residents of Gaza.

Borrell also emphasized the paramount importance of seeking a just and comprehensive political solution to the Palestinian issue, ensuring stability and security not only in the region but also across the world.

This diplomatic exchange highlights the dedication of both the OIC and the EU to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and find a path toward lasting peace.

It underscores the urgency of international cooperation to bring about a cessation of hostilities, provide much-needed humanitarian relief, and work towards a comprehensive resolution that addresses the long-standing challenges in the region.

As the situation in Gaza remains a matter of global concern, the commitment of influential international bodies like the OIC and the EU to engage actively in resolving the crisis is crucial.

The call between Hissein Taha and Josep Borrell signifies a step forward in international efforts to promote peace, stability, and the protection of human rights in the region.