Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, and UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron. The Secretary stressed the importance of urgently addressing humanitarian needs in Gaza, the imperative of minimizing civilian casualties, and the need to prevent the conflict’s further escalation. Secretary Blinken underscored the U.S. commitment to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. The Secretary also condemned attacks by the Houthis on commercial vessels operating in the Red Sea and urged cooperation among all partners to uphold maritime security. The leaders also discussed assistance and support for Ukraine in 2024 as it continues its fight against Russia’s aggression.
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