BREAKING | Egypt Tells Aid Ship Volunteers, Crew To Be Patient

By Ahmad Fuad Yahya

JAKARTA, May 25 (Bernama) — Egypt’s Foreign Minister Dr Nabil Al-Arabi has pledged his assistance to the “Spirit of Rachel Corrie”, the Malaysian-owned vessel carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip, which is seeking permission to berth at the Egyptian port of El Arish.

But he said Malaysia and all those concerned should be patient.

This was conveyed at a meeting between Dr Nabil and his Malaysian counterpart, Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, on the sidelines of the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) ministerial meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Wednesday.

“Dr Nabil told me that the Egyptian authorities want to help the crew and volunteers, but they (the Egyptians) need to follow certain procedures,” he told Bernama when contacted.

Anifah said the Egyptian minister also cautioned those onboard the ship, also known as “MV Finch”, against taking any action which may aggravate the situation, including attempting to make their way to Gaza on their own.

Anifah said he had requested the Egyptians to allow the ship to berth as soon as possible as it was facing numerous problems, including dwindling food supplies.

On Monday, Anifah said in Kuala Lumpur that he had spoken to Dr Nabil, urging him to expedite approval for the ship to dock.

For the time being, the Malaysian embassy in Cairo through officers stationed at the El Arish port would continue to extend assistance to the 12 people onboard.

The mission to bring much-needed humanitarian aid to the people in besieged Gaza Strip is mounted by the Perdana Global Peace Foundation.

— BERNAMA

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