JERUSALEM: (World View media, Reuters)
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi on Tuesday (May 25) as he pledged U.S. support to “rebuild” and Gaza and to “reengage” with the Palestinians, following a truce between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas group.
“I’m here, as I said earlier, to reaffirm the strong commitment of the United States to Israel’s security, to the partnership between us, to move forward now on dealing with the humanitarian situation in Gaza and also starting to rebuild, to reengage with the Palestinian community, and the Palestinian Authority,” Blinken told reporters before his meeting with Ashkenazi.
Blinken began a week-long Middle East visit on Tuesday in Jerusalem where he also had talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He was due to meet Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank later in the day.
A truce between Israel and Hamas, brokered by Egypt and coordinated with the United States, began on Friday (May 21) after 11 days of the worst fighting between Palestinian militants and Israel in years.
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