President Joe Biden participates in a bilateral meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Friday, November 11, 2022, at the Tonino Lamborghini International Convention Center in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. ( Photo: Adam Schultz)

In a surprise turn of events during a refueling stop at Ramstein Air Base, President Biden made an impromptu visit to the press cabin to provide updates on his phone conversations with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Biden revealed that during their discussion, President Sisi had agreed to open up the Rafah border crossing to allow the passage of humanitarian assistance into the Gaza Strip. Under this agreement, up to 20 trucks carrying vital aid would be permitted to enter Gaza.

This has been, according to Biden “blunt” negotiation he had with Sisi. The commitment is that once the trucks cross the border, the UN will be waiting on the other side to distribute the aid.

The President expressed his concerns about the aid’s delivery, stating “If Hamas confiscates them or doesn’t let it get through … then it’s going to end.”

Biden acknowledged President Sisi’s role in facilitating this humanitarian effort. “The bottom line is Sisi deserves a lot of credit,” said Biden.

Biden said his argument to the leaders about humanitarian assistance was “If you have an opportunity to alleviate the pain, you should do it.”

Listen to Biden’s gaggle on Air Force Once as it happened.


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