President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of Egypt to discuss ongoing efforts to secure the release of hostages and to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. President Biden welcomed the commitment from President Al-Sisi to permit the flow of UN-provided humanitarian assistance from Egypt through the Karem Shalom crossing on a provisional basis for onward distribution throughout Gaza. This will help save lives. President Biden also expressed his full commitment to support efforts to reopen the Rafah crossing with arrangements acceptable to both Egypt and Israel and agreed to send a senior team to Cairo next week for further discussions. The President Biden thanked President Al-Sisi once again for his efforts from the beginning of the crisis to ensure the continuous flow of assistance from Egypt into Gaza. The two leaders also consulted on new initiatives to secure the release of hostages together with an immediate and sustained ceasefire in Gaza. President Biden and President Al-Sisi affirmed their commitment to work together to set the conditions for a durable and sustainable peace in the Middle East region. They agreed to remain in regular contact both directly and through their senior national security teams.


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