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Blinken Urges Hamas to Accept Ceasefire Proposal for Gaza Peace


Mon 10 Jun 2024 | 11:04 PM
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressed the press, underscoring the need for Hamas to accept the ceasefire proposal put forth by President Biden ten days ago.

This proposal aims for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, the safe return of all hostages, and the initiation of steps towards a lasting resolution to the conflict.

The proposal has garnered extensive support from countries worldwide and international organizations.

Notably, Israel has accepted the proposal, making Hamas the sole holdout.

Blinken called on regional governments and populations to press Hamas to accept the ceasefire, emphasizing that this is crucial to alleviate Palestinian suffering, secure hostages' release, and pave the way for lasting peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians.

Blinken praised Egypt for its pivotal role in supporting the ceasefire proposal and aiding in the coordination of humanitarian assistance to Gaza.

He acknowledged President Sisi's continuous efforts and highlighted the importance of ensuring comprehensive plans for Gaza's post-conflict security, governance, and reconstruction.

The Secretary stressed the urgency of securing a ceasefire to prevent further civilian casualties and address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

He reiterated that the best means to achieve these goals is through the current proposal, urging Hamas to commit to the ceasefire.

Blinken detailed his upcoming meetings with regional leaders in Israel, Jordan, and Qatar to further discussions on the ceasefire and post-conflict plans.

He expressed deep respect for Israeli leaders, including Benny Gantz, and emphasized the importance of having robust plans to ensure long-term security and stability in Gaza post-conflict.