Blinken Meets Arab Leaders in Bid to Prevent War From Spreading Across Middle East

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By Usa Express Daily

Updated Jan. 8, 2024 2:39 pm ET

AL ULA, Saudi Arabia—Secretary of State Antony Blinken outlined a series of requirements for the future of the Gaza Strip after meetings Monday with leaders of key Gulf Arab states, during a diplomatic tour of the region aimed at preventing a broader war and shaping the governance of Gaza after the fighting there ends.

After meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and, earlier in the day, United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Blinken said any future arrangement in Gaza must take into account peace and security in Israel. He said it must include a unified Palestinian government for the West Bank and Gaza, work toward future integration of Israel with the region and pave the way for an independent Palestinian state.

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