Blinken to visit Jordan, Egypt next week to press for Gaza ceasefire

08-06-2024 09:35 AM

Ammon News - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to the Middle East next week, the U.S. State Department said on Friday, as Washington tries to put pressure on Israel and Hamas to accept a ceasefire proposal that President Joe Biden laid out last week.

In his eighth visit to the region since Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, the top U.S. diplomat will visit Jordan, Egypt, Israel and Qatar and meet with their senior leaders.

Blinken's visit comes after Biden laid out a fresh ceasefire plan to end the eight month-long war .

"The Secretary will discuss how the ceasefire proposal would benefit both Israelis and Palestinians," the State Department said in a statement. "He will underscore that it would alleviate suffering in Gaza, enable a massive surge in humanitarian assistance and allow Palestinians to return to their neighborhoods." Reuters

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