Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud – United States Department of State

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Below is attributed to spokesperson Matthew Miller:

Foreign Minister Antony J. Blinken met today with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud. Secretary Blinken stressed the need to avoid further tensions in the region. The Secretary discussed ongoing efforts to reach an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, thereby ensuring the release of those held hostage by Hamas. The Secretary discussed the recent increase in humanitarian assistance deliveries to Gaza and stressed that the increase must be sustained. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister continued to discuss regional and bilateral efforts to achieve lasting peace and security in the region, including greater integration among the countries of the region and a path to Palestinian statehood with security guarantees for Israel. They also discussed efforts to resume negotiations under the Jeddah Platform aimed at ending the conflict in Sudan and preventing widespread civilian damage.