Wed. Jun 19th, 2024
Secretary Blinken’s Travel to France, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Qatar, and Italy

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Qatar from June 10-12, 2024.  The Secretary will discuss with partners the need to reach a ceasefire agreement that secures the release of all hostages.  He will emphasize the importance of Hamas accepting the proposal on the table, which is nearly identical to one Hamas endorsed last month.  The Secretary will discuss how the ceasefire proposal would benefit both Israelis and Palestinians.  He will underscore that it would alleviate suffering in Gaza, enable a massive surge in humanitarian assistance, and allow Palestinians to return to their neighborhoods.  It would unlock the possibility of achieving calm along Israel’s northern border – so both displaced Israeli and Lebanese families can return to their homes –and set the conditions for further integration between Israel and its Arab neighbors, strengthening Israel’s long-term security and improving stability across the region.  The Secretary will also continue to reiterate the need to prevent the conflict from escalating further.

In Jordan, the Secretary will attend a conference on the urgent humanitarian response to Gaza, co-hosted by Jordan, Egypt, and the United Nations.

In advance of the Secretary’s travel to the Middle East, he is accompanying President Biden on his trip to Normandy and Paris, France to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day and participate in his State Visit from June 5-9.  The Secretary will also accompany President Biden in Apulia, Italy from June 13-14 for the G7 Leaders’ Summit.

Official news published at https://www.state.gov/secretary-blinkens-travel-to-france-egypt-israel-jordan-qatar-and-italy/

originally published at Politics - JISIP NEWS