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The foreign ministers of the G20, the economic bloc that brings together the largest economies on the planet, expressed concern about the conflict in Palestine and the risk of it spreading to neighboring countries.

Under the presidency of Brazil, the G20 brought together 45 delegations in Rio de Janeiro, including member countries, guest countries and International Organizations, with 32 delegations headed at ministerial level.

“Furthermore, virtual unanimity in support of the two-state solution was highlighted as being the only possible solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine”, said this Thursday (22) the Brazilian chancellor, minister Mauro Vieira, in the statement to press at the end of the meeting.

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In the statement, the Brazilian minister states that a large number of countries, from all regions, express concern about the conflict in Palestine, highlighting the risk of it spreading to neighboring countries.

“Several people also demanded the immediate release of the hostages held by Hamas. Special emphasis was placed on the forced displacement of more than 1 million and 100 thousand Palestinians to the south of the Gaza Strip”, he reports.

According to the minister, there were several requests in favor of the immediate release of access for humanitarian aid in Palestine, as well as calls for the cessation of hostilities.

“Many took a stand against the announced Israeli operation in Rafah, asking the Israeli government to reconsider and immediately suspend this decision,” he notes.

The chancellor states that these were two very productive work sessions.

“In the first session, the theme was ‘current geopolitical tensions’, member countries, guest countries and international organizations expressed their positions on the role of the G20 in relation to ongoing tensions, including the two main conflicts under discussion in the group, namely Palestine and Ukraine. Several countries reiterated their condemnation of the war in Ukraine, as has been the case since 2022 after the start of the conflict, which occurred during the presidencies of Indonesia and India.”


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