In a press conference following his tour of a World Food Program Regional Coordination Warehouse in Amman, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken addressed the critical food situation in Gaza, emphasizing the United States’ commitment to providing assistance and commending the World Food Program’s extraordinary efforts.
Secretary Blinken began by expressing the United States’ intense focus on the deteriorating food situation for men, women, and children in Gaza. He praised the World Food Program’s exceptional work to distribute food effectively, acknowledging the tremendous risks their team takes daily in Gaza.
The Secretary highlighted the essential role of the warehouse in collecting and distributing food to those in need, emphasizing the challenge of providing ready-to-eat meals due to the current difficult conditions that hinder regular food preparation.
Commending Jordan’s instrumental role in assisting Palestinians in Gaza, Secretary Blinken acknowledged the establishment of a direct convoy route from Jordan to Gaza in collaboration with the World Food Program. He praised Jordan’s efforts, including airdrops, field hospitals, and the leadership of His Majesty, the Jordanian Government, in helping those desperately in need.
Addressing the United States’ commitment, Secretary Blinken revealed that the U.S. has worked tirelessly to open access routes into Gaza to facilitate the delivery of assistance. The U.S. has been a proud supporter of the World Food Program, contributing approximately 50 percent of its budget, amounting to $3 billion over the past year. Additionally, the U.S. has sent 500,000 pounds of nutritious food products to Egypt for distribution in Gaza over the last couple of months.
Secretary Blinken concluded by reaffirming the determination to do everything possible to ameliorate the food and humanitarian crisis in Gaza. He stressed the imperative need to maximize assistance to those in need, not only delivering it to Gaza but ensuring effective distribution throughout the region.
As the United States continues to collaborate with the World Food Program and Jordan, Secretary Blinken emphasized ongoing efforts to open and multiply access routes into Gaza, providing essential aid to the people affected by the crisis.