Biden: Why I asked Blinken to travel to Middle East

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Monday said he asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken to travel to the Middle East to engage with regional partners in the region for a permanent solution to the crisis there.

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“Following up on our quiet, intensive diplomacy to bring about a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, I have asked my Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, to travel to the Middle East this week,” President Biden said in a statement. “During his trip, Secretary Blinken will meet with Israeli leaders about our ironclad commitment to Israel’s security. He will continue our Administration’s efforts to rebuild ties to, and support for, the Palestinian people and leaders, after years of neglect. “

He said Blinken will “engage other key partners in the region, including on the coordinated international effort to ensure immediate assistance reaches Gaza in a way that benefits the people there and not Hamas, and on reducing the risk of further conflict in the coming months.”

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