Blinken’s eighth Middle East tour: Will he finally achieve ceasefire?


Published: 2024-06-10 12:19

Last Updated: 2024-06-25 03:11

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Photo: Reuters)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Photo: Reuters)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken began his latest Middle East tour on Monday aiming to broker a ceasefire proposal for the Gaza Strip.

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This marks Blinken's eighth visit to the region since October 7. He will start his tour in Egypt before proceeding to the occupied territories later the same day.

In Cairo, Blinken is scheduled to hold discussions with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. These talks will focus on potential solutions to reopen the Rafah Border Crossing between Egypt and Gaza, which has been closed for a month.

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) accused Egypt of closing the crossing, while Egypt argued that truck drivers transporting humanitarian aid to Gaza feel unsafe crossing Israeli Occupation checkpoints. The closure has worsened the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and heightened fears of famine in the strip.

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Furthermore, Blinken will also visit Jordan and Qatar. His final destination will be Italy, where he will participate in the G7 summit on Wednesday.