Biden: we worked with Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Egypt, and Qatar to encourage a resolution to the conflict

[08-08-2022 11:09 AM]

Ammon News - Biden said that over last 72 hours, the United States has worked with officials from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar and others throughout the region to encourage a swift resolution to the conflict.

"I thank Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and the senior Egyptian officials who played a central role in this diplomacy as well as Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar and his team for helping to bring these hostilities to an end," Biden said in a White House statement.

President Biden said that his support for Israel's security is long-standing and unwavering—including its right to defend itself against attacks

"Over these recent days, Israel has defended its people from indiscriminate rocket attacks launched by the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the United States is proud of our support for Israel's Iron-Dome, which intercepted hundreds of rockets and saved countless lives. I commend Prime Minister Yair Lapid and his government's steady leadership throughout the crisis," the US President said.

He noted that the reports of civilian casualties in Gaza are a tragedy.

"My Administration supports a timely and thorough investigation into all of these reports, and we also call on all parties to fully implement the ceasefire, and to ensure fuel and humanitarian supplies are flowing into Gaza as the fighting subsides," Biden said.

Recalling his trip to Israel and the West Bank, the US President said that during his visit he made clear that "Israelis and Palestinians both deserve to live safely and securely and to enjoy equal measures of freedom, prosperity, and democracy."

"My Administration will remain engaged with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to support that vision and to implement the initiatives launched during my visit to improve the quality of life for Palestinians and Israelis alike," he concluded as saying.

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