Tokyo, Nov 8 (AP) After intense meetings in Tokyo, representatives of the G7 countries on Wednesday announced a united stance on the Israel-Hamas war, condemning Hamas and supporting Israel’s right to self-defense. Diplomats also called for removing ‘humanitarian obstacles’ to speed up aid to desperate civilians in the Gaza Strip.
In a statement after two days of talks, the G7 nations criticized Hamas’ unprovoked attacks against Israel and underlined the need for immediate action to help civilians in the war-torn Palestinian territory.
According to the statement, “All parties should allow unhindered humanitarian assistance, including food, water, medicines, fuel, shelter and access to humanitarian workers, to civilians trapped in war-torn areas.”
The foreign ministers of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Italy, including America’s Antony Blinken, have jointly issued this statement.
According to the statement, “We support the removal of humanitarian obstacles to the delivery of urgently needed assistance, the movement of civilians and the release of hostages.”
This meeting of foreign ministers of the G7 countries is an effort to stop the worsening humanitarian crisis as well as to prevent the deepening of wide-ranging differences over Gaza.
Various global crises were discussed in the second and final day of talks between G7 foreign ministers. The main agenda of the meeting was the humanitarian crisis caused by Israel’s response to the unprecedented and unexpected attack by Hamas on October 7 and the month-long conflict in Gaza. Besides, topics like Russia-Ukraine war, North Korea’s nuclear and missile program and China’s increasing aggression with its neighbors over territorial disputes were also discussed in the meeting.
Blinken, who arrived in Tokyo after a whirlwind tour of the Middle East, said it was important to take a clear stance on the war in Israel, just as diplomats have done on Ukraine and other major issues. Ministers are also trying to prevent deepening of differences over Gaza.
“This is a vital moment for the G7 nations to come together and speak with one voice during this crisis,” Blinken told Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa after meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. , as we have been doing.”
In Tokyo, Blinken and the foreign ministers of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Italy met to prevent a Gaza war in order to avoid further destabilizing the already fragile security situation along the Middle East border. Tried to find common ground.
Meanwhile, a UN agency said thousands of Palestinians in Gaza, who had run out of access to food, water and medicine in the northern sector, were heading south on foot. He is taking with him only what he can carry.
Israel says its troops are fighting Hamas militants inside Gaza city. Before the fighting started, about 650,000 people lived in Gaza City. According to the Israeli army, Hamas’s ‘central command center’ is in Gaza city itself and the militant group has laid a network of underground tunnels in the city.
AP Jitendra Manisha