Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Mohammad Stageh, shortly before participating in the International Humanitarian Conference for Civilians in Gaza, which is being held in Paris.
“I hope to see you under different circumstances” noted Mr. Stageh, with the Greek Prime Minister replying that it is important for Greece to be present at the Paris conference.
“It would be good to meet under different circumstances, but I think it was important for Greece to be here,” noted Mr. Mitsotakis, adding: “We want to play a very important role in addressing the misery of the people in Gaza and we want to see how can we help in these very difficult circumstances.”
The Palestinian prime minister reiterated that residents in Gaza do not want to leave their homes
For his part, Mohammad Stageh reiterated that the embargo in the region should be broken.
“The siege of Gaza is a slow death for everyone, especially the wounded. It’s not just food, but also medical supplies. Our main concern is really to be able to treat the wounded. That’s who you’re talking about, 26,000 people. I don’t know how many of them will survive. I think our priority, apart from food and all other humanitarian issues, is to deal with this danger,” added the Palestinian prime minister.
At the same time, he reiterated that the Palestinians do not wish to leave their homes, stressing that in such a case Israel will take advantage of it.
“The most important thing is that whatever we do, it will not be done or used as a way for people to leave. This is something we want to avoid completely because we know what Israel’s intentions are. The intention of the Israelis is to expel as many Palestinians as possible.”
Mitsotakis: Hamas is a terrorist organization
During the meeting, the two prime ministers also discussed the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, with the Greek prime minister reiterating his growing concern over civilian casualties and underlining the need for humanitarian pauses to ensure a steady flow of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. Gauze.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis reiterated Greece’s readiness to assist with humanitarian aid, as well as that Greece is in contact with the Republic of Cyprus and the partners involved on the possibility of creating a humanitarian corridor by sea for the transfer of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.
Finally, Mr. Mitsotakis emphasized that Hamas is a terrorist organization and that it does not represent the Palestinian people. He reiterated that the only legal representative of the Palestinian people is the Palestinian Authority and emphasized Greece’s long-standing support for the two-state solution.