The US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke by phone with his Egyptian, Saudi, and French counterparts to discuss recent tensions in the Middle East. During the talk, he asked for “all parties to calm tensions and stop the violence that has claimed the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians, including children.”
Blinken and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry highlighted the importance of the strong strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt. The American secretary thanked Cairo for its continuous efforts to support an end to violence.
On the Saudi side, Blinken expressed to Prince Faisal bin Farhan his regret for the loss of Palestinian and Israeli lives and urged participation to prevent the escalation of the crisis. He also expressed his belief that “Palestinians and Israelis deserve equal measures of freedom, dignity, security and prosperity.”
Finally, with French Jean-Yves Le Drian, they discussed their participation in achieving peace on the ongoing violence in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.