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Blinken: Ceasefire, Hostage Release, Key to Resolving the Gaza Crisis

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the most effective way to address the crisis in the Gaza Strip is by establishing a ceasefire in the city and the release of Israeli hostages.

During the US-Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Riyadh, Antony Blinken emphasized preventing the escalation of conflict in the region.

The US Secretary of State said, “The most effective way to address the humanitarian crisis is to alleviate the suffering of children, women and men, and to create space for a more just and noble solution is to get a ceasefire and hostages home."

Secretary Blinken also participated in the World Economic Forum in Riyadh and called on Hamas to accept Israel's proposals for the release of Israeli hostages. He labeled Hamas as an obstacle to establishing a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

“Hamas has before it a proposal that is extraordinarily, extraordinarily generous, on the part of Israel. And in this moment, the only thing standing between the people of Gaza and a ceasefire is Hamas. They have to decide, and they have to decide quickly. So we're looking to that. And I'm hopeful that they will make the right decision,” said Antony Blinken.

Simultaneously, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Prime Minister of Qatar criticized Israel's continued attacks on the Gaza Strip and called for an immediate ceasefire in the city.

“We reaffirm the firm position of the (Gulf) Cooperation Council on the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip, calling for an immediate and sustainable ceasefire and the cessation of Israeli military operations throughout Gaza, including Rafah, and ensuring access to all humanitarian and relief assistance and the basic needs of Gaza residents,” said Jasem Mohamed AlBudaiwi.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar, stated: "From here, the State of Qatar calls for an immediate ceasefire, an end to military operations, the release of all prisoners on both sides and the provision of all humanitarian and relief assistance.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also met with Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, and other leaders of Muslim countries and governments in Riyadh.

During these meetings, the parties emphasized the urgent need to reduce tensions in the region and establish peace and security in Gaza.

Blinken: Ceasefire, Hostage Release, Key to Resolving the Gaza Crisis

During the US-Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Riyadh, Antony Blinken emphasized preventing the escalation of conflict in the region.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the most effective way to address the crisis in the Gaza Strip is by establishing a ceasefire in the city and the release of Israeli hostages.

During the US-Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Riyadh, Antony Blinken emphasized preventing the escalation of conflict in the region.

The US Secretary of State said, “The most effective way to address the humanitarian crisis is to alleviate the suffering of children, women and men, and to create space for a more just and noble solution is to get a ceasefire and hostages home."

Secretary Blinken also participated in the World Economic Forum in Riyadh and called on Hamas to accept Israel's proposals for the release of Israeli hostages. He labeled Hamas as an obstacle to establishing a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

“Hamas has before it a proposal that is extraordinarily, extraordinarily generous, on the part of Israel. And in this moment, the only thing standing between the people of Gaza and a ceasefire is Hamas. They have to decide, and they have to decide quickly. So we're looking to that. And I'm hopeful that they will make the right decision,” said Antony Blinken.

Simultaneously, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Prime Minister of Qatar criticized Israel's continued attacks on the Gaza Strip and called for an immediate ceasefire in the city.

“We reaffirm the firm position of the (Gulf) Cooperation Council on the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip, calling for an immediate and sustainable ceasefire and the cessation of Israeli military operations throughout Gaza, including Rafah, and ensuring access to all humanitarian and relief assistance and the basic needs of Gaza residents,” said Jasem Mohamed AlBudaiwi.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar, stated: "From here, the State of Qatar calls for an immediate ceasefire, an end to military operations, the release of all prisoners on both sides and the provision of all humanitarian and relief assistance.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also met with Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, and other leaders of Muslim countries and governments in Riyadh.

During these meetings, the parties emphasized the urgent need to reduce tensions in the region and establish peace and security in Gaza.

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