• Secretary Antony Blinken traveled to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Israel, and the West Bank February 4-8, 2024, his fifth trip to the region since the October 7 terrorist attacks. The Secretary continued diplomatic efforts to reach an agreement that secures the release of all remaining hostages and includes a humanitarian pause that will allow for sustained, increased delivery of humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza. He continued work to prevent the spread of the conflict, while reaffirming that the United States will take appropriate steps to defend its personnel and the right to freedom of navigation in the Red Sea. The Secretary also continued discussions with partners on how to establish a more integrated, peaceful region that includes lasting security for Israelis and Palestinians alike.




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