Blinken discusses Gaza in calls with Qatari, Egyptian, Saudi foreign ministers
According to the State Department, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with the Qatari, Egyptian, and Saudi foreign ministers about the unrest in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
According to the State Department, Blinken and Qatar’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani addressed “efforts to preserve peace in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza in view of the horrific loss of civilian life.”
The two officials addressed “the latest Israeli assaults on worshippers at the Al Aqsa Compound and the assault on the besieged Gaza Strip,” according to the Qatari Foreign Ministry.
Al-Thani also emphasised the “urgent need for international community intervention to avoid the repeated barbaric Israeli attacks on civilians in Gaza and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Meanwhile, a rising number of US senators called for a cease-fire on Sunday. “As a consequence of Hamas’ missile attacks and Israel’s retaliation, both sides must realise that so many lives have been lost and must not intensify the dispute further,” said Democratic Senator Chris Murphy and Republican Todd Young, the senior members of a Foreign Relations commission.
In a related speech, twenty-five other Democratic senators and two independents called for an immediate cease-fire.
Blinken “reiterated his appeal for all sides to de-escalate tensions and put a stop to the conflict, which has taken the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians, including infants,” the State Department said in another statement.
According to the Saudi state news agency SPA, Blinken also spoke with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud on Sunday to address the latest developments “in Palestine and the area.”
According to the State Department, the two spoke about “ongoing attempts to ease tensions in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza and put the recent conflict to an end.”
Qatar’s Al-Thani also spoke by phone with Shoukry on Sunday, during which they discussed “bilateral partnership ties and developments in Palestine,” according to a separate release from the Qatari Foreign Ministry.
According to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, the two ministers decided on “the value of working to find an immediate truce between the two sides, and they have agreed to continue cooperation in the bilateral context, as well as in regional and international frameworks, on what is in the interest of the Palestinian citizens and achieving a ceasefire.”
Egypt, Qatar, and the United Nations’ ceasefire attempts have so far yielded little results.