Europe must host Gaza children impacted by war, Greek Foreign Minister says

Greek Foreign Minister George Gerapetritis talks during an interview with Reuters, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens, Tuesday. [Stelios Misinas/Reuters]

Europe has a duty to host children hurt and traumatised by war in Gaza for as long as the conflict continues, Greek Foreign Minister George Gerapetritis told Reuters on Wednesday.

Gerapetritis is seeking partners in what he hopes would be a project to temporarily bring the children to the European Union, and said he discussed the idea with Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa this week.

"We need to face this tragedy very clearly," Gerapetritis said. "Europe should be open to injured people from [Gaza] but also to children who are now facing famine or other sorts of dangers."

Greece was elected as a member of the United Nations Security Council for 2025-2026 earlier this month, and Gerapetritis believes the country's historical ties with the Arab world give it credibility to act as a peace broker.

The 56-year old, who has held the post for a year,...

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