Statement by U.S. Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt, Herro Mustafa Garg

As President Biden has announced, the United States has partnered with Egypt and Qatar to facilitate the release of hostages held in Gaza and to implement an extended pause in fighting so additional humanitarian assistance can reach the Palestinian people. Throughout this crisis and during these negotiations, Egypt has demonstrated yet again its commitment to regional stability and its generosity in aiding civilians caught in conflict.

On behalf of the U.S. government and the American people, I also recognize Egypt’s unfailing and prolonged focus on ensuring humanitarian assistance can reach civilians in Gaza and in facilitating the ability of foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens and their family members, to depart Gaza safely.  I am grateful for our Egyptian partners’ persistence and resolve in working in lockstep with us towards today’s hopeful news – an unequivocal testament to the strength of our partnership.

The United States recognizes the Egyptian government’s leadership and long-term vision in working towards peace in the Middle East.  As President Biden and Secretary Blinken have said, the United States rejects the forced displacement of Palestinians from Gaza – not to Egypt, not anywhere else.

I stand by these commitments and shared goals as I assume my duties in Cairo.