France calls for an "immediate ceasefire" in the Gaza Strip

Catherine Colonna
French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna. (Photo: Twitter/X)
AMMAN – The French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, called on Sunday for an "immediate humanitarian ceasefire" in the Gaza Strip, following a meeting with her Qatari counterpart, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, in Doha.اضافة اعلان

"An immediate, sustainable, and lasting humanitarian ceasefire is extremely necessary, and it must be capable of leading to a cessation of hostilities,” she said.

She indicated that France is "working on adopting a text to this effect in the United Nations Security Council," which has been divided on this issue since the beginning of the war, according to AFP.

Her statements come following a call for a "humanitarian pause" made by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is on his second tour in the region.

This proposal was the focus of Blinken's talks in Israel on Friday, but it did not receive the approval of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu announced his rejection of "a temporary ceasefire without the release of hostages" held by Hamas since its attack. The Israeli army says they number about 241 people, including foreign citizens.