South Africa hopes Gaza truce bolsters efforts to end conflict

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa gestures during the opening of the U.S.-sub-Saharan Africa trade forum to discuss the future of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), at the NASREC conference center in Johannesburg, South Africa, November 3, 2023. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

On Wednesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa expressed his approval of an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian organization Hamas that calls for a ceasefire in Gaza for four days.

Ramaphosa also hoped the agreement would strengthen efforts to end the war between the two parties.

Regarding the horrible conflict that has been going on between Israel and Hamas for the past seven weeks, Ramaphosa has been one of the most prominent voices on the African continent to speak out against it.

The tremendous support that South Africa has always shown for Palestinians stretches back to the time of former President Nelson Mandela.

At the time, the country saw parallels between the situation of Palestinians and its own before the end of apartheid in 1994. The parallel is not acceptable to Israel.

“I hope that the achievement of this pause will strengthen efforts to achieve an outright end to the current conflict,” Ramaphosa stated in a prepared statement.

He thought that the situation in the Middle East required a long-term political solution.

The cessation of hostilities has the potential to bring about a gradual stabilization of the area, creating an atmosphere that is conducive to productive conversations to resolve underlying concerns and lay the groundwork for a framework for sustainable peace.

The continued observance of the cease-fire has the potential to create an atmosphere that is conducive to the restoration of trust and confidence between the warring parties. This is an essential step in building the framework for future conversations and efforts to resolve conflicts.

In conclusion, South Africa’s aggressive participation and persistent pursuit of a truce in Gaza provide a glimmer of optimism in the effort to end the protracted conflict. Despite the continuous existence of obstacles, the recent progress made through diplomatic channels highlights the significance of maintaining discussion and collaborating on efforts to achieve lasting peace in Gaza.

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