Blinken's Middle East visit: Ceasefire talks and humanitarian aid focus

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken looks on during a meeting with French President at the Elysee Palace in Paris on June 25, 2021. Blinken is on a week long trip in Europe traveling to Germany, Fran
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WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is visiting the Middle East this week to reach a ceasefire agreement in the Gaza Strip and ensure the release of hostages.اضافة اعلان

During a visit to Manila, he added that the purpose of meeting with senior leaders of Saudi Arabia and Egypt is to "discuss the proper foundation for a lasting regional peace,” Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Blinken will discuss with officials in Egypt and Saudi Arabia ways to provide more humanitarian aid to Gaza. Additionally, he will address post-war planning during these discussions.

Blinken emphasized, "One hundred percent of Gaza's population needs humanitarian assistance," and stressed that "Israel must prioritize assisting those most in need."

A report based on the integrated phase classification of food security indicated that severe food shortages in parts of the Gaza Strip have already exceeded famine levels. Mass deaths will be imminent if an immediate ceasefire and an increase in food flow to isolated areas due to fighting are not implemented.

Blinken also stated, "We have informed Israel of the necessity for it to have a plan for Gaza when the conflict ends. We hope this happens as soon as possible, in line with Israel's needs to defend itself and ensure that the events of October 7 are never repeated."

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