President Sheikh Mohamed discusses Gaza crisis with Ursula von der Leyen

The two leaders discussed the need to deliver aid to the enclave, as well as co-operation between the UAE and the European bloc

President Sheikh Mohamed and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen discussed the crisis in Gaza during a telephone call. AFP
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President Sheikh Mohamed discussed the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and future co-operation with the EU in a telephone call with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

The two leaders focused on the worsening situation in Gaza, state news agency Wam reported on Tuesday morning.

Sheikh Mohamed and Ms von der Leyen emphasised the need to establish a maritime route from Cyprus to deliver aid to the besieged territory.

They also discussed the importance of integrating the aid with other projects and efforts aimed at providing assistance, with the UN saying most of Gaza's population facing starvation.

Sheikh Mohamed said the UAE was committed to working with the international community to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid into Gaza and emphasised the importance of working towards an immediate ceasefire.

He also restated his call for a comprehensive peace based on a two-state solution.

Ms von der Leyen, meanwhile, thanked Sheikh Mohamed and affirmed the European Commission’s desire to work closely with the UAE.

Updated: March 28, 2024, 9:33 AM