Cyprus in diplomatic shuttle in trying to get aid into Gaza

Jordan's King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Hussein meet with Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides, in Amman, Jordan, in this handout picture released on December 5, 2023. [Royal Hashemite Court/Handout via Reuters]

Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides visited Egypt and Jordan in a diplomatic shuttle on Tuesday to discuss a maritime corridor to deliver aid directly to Israeli-beseiged Gaza.

The East Mediterranean island has spearheaded a drive to establish an aid corridor from its port city of Larnaca directly into Gaza, which has been pounded by Israel for two months in an offensive against Hamas militants.

In brief visits to Egypt and Jordan, Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides met with Egyptian counterpart President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and King Abdullah of Jordan where he discussed how to increase the flow of aid to the Palestinian enclave.

"The President .. referred to specific aspects of the initiative for a maritime corridor for the unimpeded provision of humanitarian aid to the unarmed population in Gaza," a statement from the Cypriot presidency said,...

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