Foreign Minister Blinken meets Saudi Crown Prince.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in Riyadh on Monday. During this he discussed humanitarian needs in Gaza. Let us tell you that Blinken is currently on a tour of four countries in the Middle East as part of diplomatic efforts related to the war between Israel and Hamas. They also discussed ways to achieve a permanent solution to the crisis in Gaza.
The US State Department said that Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in Riyadh on Monday. The secretary underlined the importance of addressing humanitarian needs in Gaza and preventing the conflict from spreading further, spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement on Monday.
Permanent solution to Gaza crisis
The Secretary and the Crown Prince also spoke about the urgent need to reduce tensions in the Red Sea. Especially with Houthi attacks which are threatening freedom of navigation in the area. The Secretary and the Crown Prince continued to discuss regional coordination to achieve a lasting solution to the crisis in Gaza that provides lasting peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians. They discussed the importance of building a prosperous region between the US and Saudi Arabia and reaffirmed the strategic partnership.
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discussion on reducing stress
Blinken and the Crown Prince also discussed the urgent need to reduce regional tensions, including freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and stopping Houthi attacks that undermine progress in the Yemen peace process. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken left on Sunday on a visit to four countries in the Middle East. Blinken will visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Israel and the West Bank from February 4-8. This is his fifth visit to the region since the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7.
America’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that Israel has the right to respond to the horrific attacks by Hamas. He said the US has helped unlock and enter the Gaza Strip and said more needs to be done.
Will ensure the release of hostages
In a statement on February 2, the US State Department said that Blinken, during his visit to the Middle East region, will continue diplomatic efforts that will ensure the release of all remaining hostages and will also include a humanitarian pause that will allow for increased access to the region. Let us tell you that the war between Israel and Hamas started after the attack on Israel on October 7, in which about 1,200 Israelis were killed and about 250 were taken hostage. After this, Israel retaliated against Hamas and vowed to destroy the terrorist group.