Putin, Xi and UN Secretary-General Guterres to attend digital assembly on Israel-Hamas warfare

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and different leaders from the BRICS bloc of growing international locations will maintain a digital assembly on the Israel-Hamas warfare on Tuesday, with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres additionally taking part.

The leaders of fellow BRICS members Brazil, India and South Africa, in addition to of Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran and the United Arab Emirates, that are set to hitch the bloc in January, will even participate, based on the workplace of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa will chair the “extraordinary meeting” due to South Africa‘s position as current chair of BRICS, his office said. It said the leaders are expected to deliver statements on the “humanitarian crisis” in Gaza and will likely adopt a joint statement.

The meeting comes a day after China’s high diplomat hosted the international ministers of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and Indonesia in Beijing, their first cease on a tour of U.N. Security Council everlasting members. The assembly underlined China’s longstanding help for the Palestinians and its rising geopolitical affect.

Russia has adopted a extra cautious method to the Israel-Hamas warfare, but additionally has a possibility to advance its position as a world energy dealer.

Putin has condemned the Oct. 7 assault by Hamas militants on cities in southern Israel that sparked Israel‘s offensive in Gaza. More than 12,700 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, based on the Palestinian Health Ministry within the West Bank. Officials there say one other 4,000 are lacking.

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But Putin has additionally warned Israel over its response and towards blockading the Gaza Strip.

Russia and China are main voices in BRICS, which has largely solid itself in recent times as standing towards the perceived dominance of the West in world affairs. But it has additionally struggled to undertake united insurance policies or positions on many points due to the differing priorities of the 5 present members.

India, which additionally desires to be seen as a pacesetter of the growing world, has lengthy walked a tightrope between Israel and the Palestinians and traditionally has shut ties to each.

South Africa has been fiercely essential of Israel over the warfare in Gaza and has filed a request with the International Criminal Court to analyze it over alleged warfare crimes. South Africa has for years in contrast Israel‘s insurance policies in Gaza and the West Bank with the apartheid regime of racial segregation.

South Africa‘s Parliament is to vote on a movement on Tuesday to close down the Israeli Embassy and sever ties with the nation over the warfare. Israel on Monday recalled its ambassador to South Africa for discussions.

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