02/04/2024 05:14 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, April 2 (Bernama) -- Recognising the deep-seated concerns among Malaysians regarding the situation in Gaza, the United States (US) Ambassador to Malaysia Edgard D. Kagan has reiterated the US' commitment to providing humanitarian assistance and facilitating a sustained ceasefire.

Kagan highlighted the pressing need for concrete action to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, acknowledging the widespread suffering experienced by people in the region.

He stressed the importance of an immediate and sustained ceasefire, which should include the release of hostages held by various parties involved in the conflict.

“I think it reflects our realisation that countries aren't looking to the US for words. They're looking for deeds. They're looking for action that brings about a ceasefire, and we are committed to doing that,” he said.

“But beyond that, I think it's also essential that we recognise there needs to be a credible path to peace and security for all people living in Israel and for Palestinians, and this is going to require a serious process that leads to a two-state solution,” he said in a roundtable session with the media at his residence today.

Kagan revealed that the US is actively collaborating with Qatar and Egypt in efforts to address the crisis in Gaza.

He said the international community has a collective responsibility to bring about meaningful change and expressed the US' commitment to playing its part in achieving the  goal.

The ambassador commended the Malaysian government and its citizens for effectively conveying their concerns about Gaza, assuring that their voices have been heard and reported back to the leadership in Washington.

Acknowledging the symbolic satisfaction some may find in boycott exercise, he underscored the real impact on individuals, particularly Malaysian employees, rather than the intended targets.

"It is unfortunate because ultimately, as I'm sure all of you know, the two main outlets that are being boycotted are, in both cases, owned by Malaysians and Saudis. The people suffering as a result are the Malaysian employees,” he said.




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