Antony Blinken will travel to Israel and the West Bank to demand an end to violence in the region
The US Secretary of State will also visit Egypt. It will address “global priorities” such as Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a United States conference of mayors, Wednesday, January 18, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)
Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel next Sunday to Egypt, Israel and the West Bank b> to discuss “global and regional priorities” such as Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Iran, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The State Department said in a statement Thursday that the trip will take place from Sunday to Tuesday of next week and that Blinken will first visit Egypt, where he will meet with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and other officials to push the strategic partnership with the country in promoting peace and security in the region.
They will discuss, among other issues, “shared support” for the elections in Libya and the process Sudan-led political ongoing.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during the US-Africa Leaders Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, December 14, 2022. Mandel Ngan/Pool via REUTERS/File
The secretary will then travel to Jerusalem and Ramallah next Monday and Tuesday. In Israel, he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, and other senior officials to discuss America's “enduring support” for Israel's security, “particularly against threats from Iran.”
“The secretary will also discuss integration every Israel's deepening in the region, Palestinian-Israeli relations and the importance of a two-state solution”, the statement said.
In the West Bank, the secretary will meet with the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas, and senior officials to discuss Israeli-Palestinian relations and the importance of a two-state solution, political reforms, and further strengthening of the US relationship with the Palestinians.
Antony Blinken arrives to meet with Israeli President Isaac Herzog in Washington, DC, October 25, 2022. Stefani Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS/File
“Both with Israeli leaders and with Palestinians, the secretary will stress the urgent need for the parties to take steps to de-escalate tensions in order to end the cycle of violence that has claimed far too many innocent lives,” he adds.
< p class="paragraph">He will also discuss the importance of maintaining the historic status quo of the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount in Jerusalem, “in words and deeds”.
“The Secretary will engage with civil society throughout the trip to underscore our commitment to human rights, support for civil society, and the enduring importance of people-to-people ties,” the statement concluded.< /p>
(With information from EFE)