Thursday, January 11

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is concluding his travels in the Middle East today.

He has visited Istanbul, Türkiye; Crete, Greece; Amman, Jordan; Doha, Qatar; Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates; Al ‘Ula, Saudi Arabia; Tel Aviv, Israel; the West Bank; and Cairo, Egypt.

State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller said, “Throughout his trip, the Secretary will underscore the importance of protecting civilian lives in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza; securing the release of all remaining hostages; our shared commitment to facilitating the increased, sustained delivery of life-saving humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza and the resumption of essential services; and ensuring that Palestinians are not forcibly displaced from Gaza.“ 

Spokesperson Miller continued, “He will also discuss urgent mechanisms to stem violence, calm rhetoric, and reduce regional tensions, including deterring Houthi attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea and avoiding escalation in Lebanon.“

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Blinken to faithfully represent the United States and be discerning in his discussions with both allies and adversaries.
  • For God’s purposes to be accomplished through the meetings of the U.S. secretary of state with foreign ministers and heads of state.
  • For the president and leaders in his administration to be directed by the Lord in their decisions and actions.
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