U.S. Secretary of State Visiting the Middle East

He meets with Arab foreign ministers on Thursday.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken began a tour of the Middle East on Wednesday with discussions in Saudi Arabia regarding a potential cease-fire in Gaza.

State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller said, “In his meetings in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the Secretary will discuss efforts to reach an immediate ceasefire agreement that secures the release of all remaining hostages, intensified international efforts to increase humanitarian assistance to Gaza, and coordination on post-conflict planning for Gaza, including ensuring Hamas can no longer govern or repeat the attacks of October 7.“

“In Israel, Secretary Blinken will discuss with the leadership of the Government of Israel the ongoing negotiations to secure the release of all hostages. He will discuss the need to ensure the defeat of Hamas, including in Rafah, in a way that protects the civilian population, does not hinder the delivery of humanitarian assistance, and advances Israel’s overall security,“ Spokesperson Miller stated. “He will also update Israeli leaders on his talks with Arab leaders to build lasting peace and security for Israelis, Palestinians, and the broader region.“

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Blinken to receive discernment from God as he discusses the Israeli-Hamas war.
  • For prudence for the secretary of state and Arab and Israeli ministers as they discuss the possible cease-fire and release of the hostages.

Sources: State Department, Reuters


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