Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly had a telephone conversation with her Israeli counterpart Israel Katz. According to a press release issued by Canadian diplomacy at the end of their negotiations, the interlocutors discussed the situation in the Gaza Strip.
Mélanie Joly reaffirmed that Ottawa recognized Tel Aviv’s right to self-defense, in accordance with international law. She also reiterated the call for Hamas to release the hostages.
However, the senior diplomat stressed that the protection of civilians, including ensuring their access to vital humanitarian aid, must be prioritized. She said she was very concerned about the crisis facing the people of Gaza.
Canada continues to insist that the inauguration of a Palestinian state recognized by all and coexisting peacefully with Israel will put an end to the conflict in the Middle East.
Tensions in the Middle East escalated on Saturday October 7, following an attack by Hamas fighters from the Gaza Strip on Israeli territory. Palestinian radicals claim their actions are retaliation for moves by Israeli authorities against the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. In response to the Palestinian bombings, Tel Aviv launched a large-scale offensive in the Gaza Strip.
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