US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with King Abdullah II of Jordan. The talks concerned, among other things, Israel and its war with Hamas. According to a statement from the royal palace, Abdullah II warned that continuing Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip would have “catastrophic consequences.”
Blinken also met in Amman, the capital Jordanwith the local Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ajman Safadi.
As commented by the Associated Press, the Secretary of State’s mission during his trip to the Middle East is, among other things, to convince the leaders of the region’s countries about the long-term US plans for the future of the Gaza Strip after the war. However, Jordan and other Arab countries do not want to enter into talks on this matter while the fighting continues.
Since mid-October, when the number of civilian victims of the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip began to rise rapidly, these countries have been seeking a ceasefire, to which Israel does not agree.
Blinken’s series of visits to the Middle East
On Saturday, Blinken – beginning his Middle East journey – met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul and the head of Turkish diplomacy, Hakan Fidan.
During the meeting with Fidan, the war in the Gaza Strip, the humanitarian crisis it caused, and the accession process were discussed Sweden to NATO and bilateral issues – including the sale of F-16 fighters to Ankara – and regional issues – according to a statement from the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs published on the X platform.
From Jordan, Blinken will travel to QatarUnited Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the West Bank and Egypt.
The US State Department emphasized that during his visits, Blinken will emphasize issues such as the protection of civilians in the Gaza Strip, humanitarian aid for the enclave, the release of hostages held by Hamas, and the prevention of forced displacement of Palestinians.
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