has met the Palestinian Authority president in Egypt as a part of a tour of the Center East.
Mr Sunak and collectively condemned Hamas’s assaults on Israel and the PM “expressed his deep condolences” for civilian deaths in Gaza.
He additionally met Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, agreeing the necessity to keep away from a “contagion of battle”.
The PM referred to as for the swift reopening of the Egypt-Gaza border, the place some 20 help vehicles are poised to enter.
In a abstract of the dialog between Mr Sunak and Mr Abbas, Downing Avenue stated they “condemned Hamas’s terrorism and pressured that Hamas don’t signify the Palestinian folks”.
“The prime minister underscored his dedication to opening up humanitarian entry to Gaza to alleviate the struggling of 1000’s of people that desperately want meals, water and drugs,” the assertion added.
Mr Abbas is head of the Palestinian Authority, which has management over areas of the occupied West Financial institution, however not the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.
In his earlier assembly with President El-Sisi, Downing Avenue stated Mr Sunak “praised Egypt’s efforts in making an attempt to safe the supply of help” by way of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza.
The assertion additionally famous the pair agreed “world leaders ought to do every thing doable to keep away from a contagion of battle within the area” in addition to make “each effort” to cease terrorism and defend civilians.
Talking to reporters forward of boarding a airplane again to the UK, Mr Sunak stated getting humanitarian help to these in Gaza is an “rapid precedence” and the UK has been in discussions with Egypt on easy methods to present “sensible help on the bottom”.
He additionally stated the reopening of the border had been a part of his conversations with Center East leaders, including that he was “very happy that that can now imminently occur”.
Shortly after Mr Sunak spoke, US President Joe Biden stated help vehicles had been more likely to cross into Gaza throughout the “subsequent 24 to 48 hours”.
Earlier than travelling to Egypt on Friday, Mr Sunak thanked the emir of Qatar for his efforts to assist safe the discharge of hostages taken by Hamas.
Assembly in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, Mr Sunak and Qatar’s chief Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani agreed to do “every thing doable” to keep away from an escalation of violence throughout the area, Downing Avenue stated.
The United Nations says the primary help supply into Gaza through the Rafah border crossing in Egypt is anticipated to happen “within the subsequent day or so”.
The territory has been underneath a “full siege” since final Monday, with Israel blocking cross-border provides of water, electrical energy and gasoline.
Israeli warplanes and artillery have been bombarding the territory after greater than 1,400 folks had been killed in Hamas’s assault on Israel on 7 October. Palestinian officers say greater than 4,000 folks have since been killed within the Gaza Strip.
Dozens of vehicles are backed up on the crossing on the Egyptian border, carrying meals, water, and drugs however no gasoline. It’s believed solely 20 will initially be allowed to cross.
Extra on Israel-Gaza struggle
Mr Sunak started his Center East tour on Thursday, beginning in Israel, the place Mr Sunak stated he was proud to help the nation in its “lengthy struggle” towards Hamas.
On Thursday, Mr Sunak urged Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to help stability within the area.
Downing Avenue stated the pair agreed the “lack of harmless lives in Israel and Gaza over the past two weeks has been horrific” and “underscored the necessity to keep away from any additional escalation within the area”.
It got here after a brief go to to Tel Aviv, the place he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and stated he was “proud” to face with Israel in its “darkest hour” – declaring the UK’s backing for its combat towards Hamas.
On Saturday, Egypt will host a summit on the way forward for the Palestinian subject, with Arab and UN leaders attending.