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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares to discuss Hamas’ terrorist attacks against Israel.  The Secretary called for the release of all hostages.  The Secretary reiterated U.S. support for Israel’s right to defend itself and continued engagement with regional partners to prevent the spread of conflict.  The Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed ongoing humanitarian assistance efforts and affirmed continued coordination to enable Palestinians in need to have sustained and safe access to aid.  He welcomed continued Spanish engagement together with other European allies, particularly as Spain holds the Council of the EU presidency, toward our shared goal of ending Hamas’ violence and protecting civilians.

U.S. Department of State

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