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US State Secretary to Pay Visit to Middle East between Feb. 4-8

Fri 02 Feb 2024 | 10:13 PM
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will head to the Middle East on February 4 for the fifth time since October 7, the US Department of State announced on Friday.

His tour would include Egypt, KSA, Qatar, Israel, and the West Bank.

The target of this trip will concentrate on reaching a new deal for releasing hostages captured in Gaza, with the release of Palestinian prisoners in return.

In addition, the deal would include a humanitarian ceasefire that will allow the delivery of more humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza, the State Department added.

The US State Department highlighted that Blinken will “continue work to prevent the spread of the conflict, while reaffirming that the United States will take appropriate steps to defend its personnel and the right to freedom of navigation in the Red Sea. “

State Department Spokesman Matt Miller added: “The Secretary will also continue discussions with partners on how to establish a more integrated, peaceful region that includes lasting security for Israelis and Palestinians alike.”