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Call to halt arms supply to Israel heightens

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By Abraham Adekunle

D-8 nation's demand immediate ceasefire and Palestine's UN membership.

The D-8 group of developing nations, including Nigeria, has joined the growing international chorus demanding an immediate halt to arms supply to Israel and a permanent ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war. The group’s council of ministers called for the international community to ensure Israel’s compliance with UN resolutions and the International Court of Justice’s provisional measures. Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, reiterated the country’s support for the US-backed ceasefire proposal and called for global action to de-escalate the violence.

Tuggar emphasized the need for a comprehensive and lasting solution to the conflict, citing the devastating humanitarian situation in Gaza. Nigeria has also pledged to provide humanitarian aid to Palestine and support the reconstruction of Gaza. Meanwhile, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, denounced Israel’s “brutal aggression” and called on Muslim nations to support Palestine. Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim, urged the international community to take decisive action to end the conflict, stating, “The silence of the international community is deafening, and it is time for us to speak out against this injustice.” Malaysia has also announced plans to send a humanitarian mission to Gaza.

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Turkeys President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has been a vocal critic of Israel’s actions, calling them “war crimes” and “genocide.” Egypt, a key player in the region, has also called for a ceasefire and a return to negotiations. The European Union has expressed concern over the humanitarian situation in Gaza and called for an immediate ceasefire. EU foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, stated, “The EU is deeply concerned about the devastating humanitarian situation in Gaza and calls on all parties to exercise restraint and return to Peace talks.”

China, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has called for a ceasefire and a return to peace talks. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, stated, “China is deeply concerned about the escalation of violence in Gaza and calls on all parties to exercise restraint and return to peace talks.” China has also pledged to provide humanitarian aid to Palestine and support the reconstruction of Gaza. India, a key player in the Non-Aligned Movement, has called for a ceasefire and a return to negotiations. India’s External Affairs Ministry stated, “India is deeply concerned about the situation in Gaza and calls on all parties to exercise restraint and return to peace talks.” India has also pledged to provide humanitarian aid to Palestine and support the reconstruction of Gaza.

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Brazil, a leading voice in the Global South, has called for a ceasefire and a return to negotiations. Brazil’s Foreign Ministry stated, “Brazil is deeply concerned about the situation in Gaza and calls on all parties to exercise restraint and return to peace talks.” Brazil has also pledged to provide humanitarian aid to Palestine and support the reconstruction of Gaza. Also, South Africa, a key player in the African Union, has called for a ceasefire and a return to negotiations. South Africa’s Foreign Ministry stated, “South Africa is deeply concerned about the situation in Gaza and calls on all parties to return to peace talks.” South Africa has also pledged to provide humanitarian aid to Palestine and support the reconstruction of Gaza.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military recently rescued four hostages held by Hamas, and this has sparked renewed calls for a Prisoner exchange and a ceasefire. However, Israel’s continued settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank and its refusal to lift the blockade on Gaza have hindered efforts to reach a peaceful resolution. The D-8 nations’ declaration highlights the growing international consensus on the need for a comprehensive and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The international community must intensify its efforts to demand an immediate ceasefire, an end to arms supplies to Israel, and full UN membership for Palestine.

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As the humanitarian crisis in Gaza continues to worsen, the international community’s calls for a ceasefire and arms embargo on Israel have grown louder. The D-8 nations’ demand for an immediate halt to arms supply to Israel and a permanent ceasefire is a crucial step towards ending the violence and ensuring a just and peaceful future for the Palestinian people. Without a shadow of a doubt, the global call to halt arms supply to Israel and demand a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas War has intensified.


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