Blinken Meets With Israeli Defense Minister Gallant 25 June

Department of State

As stated by Spokesperson Matthew Miller:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant today. They discussed ongoing efforts to achieve a ceasefire in Gaza that secures the release of all hostages and alleviates the suffering of the Palestinian people. The Secretary emphasized the need to take additional steps to protect humanitarian workers in Gaza and deliver assistance throughout Gaza in full coordination with the United Nations. He updated Minister Gallant on ongoing diplomatic efforts to advance security, governance, and reconstruction in Gaza during a post-conflict period and emphasized the importance of that work to Israel's security. He also underscored the importance of avoiding further escalation of the conflict and reaching a diplomatic resolution that allows both Israeli and Lebanese families to return to their homes. Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the United States' ironclad commitment to Israel's security.

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