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Blinken Arrives in Tel Aviv for Talks on Gaza War


Mon 08 Jan 2024 | 11:27 PM
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken
By Ahmad El-Assasy

Tel Aviv: In a pivotal move to address the escalating conflict in Gaza, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Tel Aviv today for high-stakes discussions. Prior to leaving Saudi Arabia, Blinken emphasized the need for de-escalation in the region and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

“It is in no one’s interest to see this conflict escalate,” Blinken stated in a press briefing. He highlighted the critical necessity of working towards peace and preventing further regional conflict.

Blinken also underscored the importance of Palestinian governance in both Gaza and the West Bank. He expressed his intention to urge Israel to intensify efforts to protect civilians amidst the ongoing tensions.

The Secretary's visit comes at a crucial juncture as the region grapples with the repercussions of the Gaza war. His remarks signal a clear stance on the U.S.'s role in fostering stability and a two-state solution. This visit is expected to be a significant step in the U.S.'s diplomatic efforts in the Middle East.