Anwar calls on the US to press for a Gaza ceasefire

KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says the United States should be consistent in its approach to the Gaza Strip conflict and end violence immediately in Palestine.

The Prime Minister stated that although Malaysia has repeatedly voiced its concerns about the unwillingness of the United States to exert pressure on Israel and the West, the most recent development is positive given the constraints imposed by the US political system during an election year.

“We welcome the early signs of a change in the United States approach to the war. Anwar, who delivered the keynote address at the 37th Asia-Pacific Roundtable yesterday, said that he hoped the United States would continue to re-evaluate its approach in order to hasten an end of the carnage and killings.

US President Joe Biden presented Israel and Hamas a ceasefire proposal in three phases to end the Gaza war, according to reports.

The offer includes a ceasefire and calls for the release of Israeli prisoners and Palestinian hostages, as well as the reconstruction of Gaza. Anwar stated that Malaysia would continue to support the Palestinian struggle and speak out.

He said: “Malaysia may not be a major power but we won’t let that fool you. We will use our freedom in support of the Palestinians as they fight to regain theirs.”

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