The Associated Press reports:
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is heading to the Middle East to press the Israelis, Palestinians and regional players to build on last week’s Gaza cease-fire by laying the groundwork for an eventual resumption in long-stalled peace talks.
President Joe Biden announced Blinken would depart on Monday for a short visit to Israel, the West Bank, Jordan and Egypt for what will be the Biden administration’s highest-level in-person meetings on the crisis that erupted earlier this month.
In a statement, Biden said Blinken will also work with regional partners to ensure “the coordinated international effort to ensure immediate assistance reaches Gaza.”
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BREAKING: President Joe Biden sends Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the Mideast to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders following the Gaza cease-fire. The administration hopes to lay the groundwork for a resumption of long-stalled peace talks. https://t.co/TAZCLLhuXP
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 24, 2021