Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Egypt, Israel, and the West Bank – African Business

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Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Egypt, Israel, and the West Bank from January 29-31 to consult with partners on a range of global and regional priorities, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Iran, Israeli-Palestinian relations and preserving the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the protection of human rights and democratic values, among other topics.

From January 29-30, the Secretary will travel to Cairo, Egypt with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Foreign Ministry Sameh Shoukry and other senior Egyptian officials. He will discuss the U.S.-Egypt strategic alliance and promote security in the region, as well as support elections in Libya and the ongoing Sudanese-led process.

From January 30-31, the Secretary will travel to Jerusalem as well as Ramallah. In Israel, he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, and other senior leaders to discuss the enduring U.S. support for Israel’s security, particularly against threats from Iran. The Secretary will also discuss Israel’s deepening integration into the region, Israeli-Palestinian relations and the importance of a two-state solution, and a range of other global and regional issues. The Secretary will meet with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority (PA), as well as senior PA officials, to discuss Israeli–Palestinian relations, the importance of a 2-state solution, political reforms, further strengthening U.S. relations with the Palestinian people, leadership, and further strengthening U.S. relations with them.

The Secretary will meet with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders to emphasize the need for parties to take steps towards deescalating tensions to end the violence that has claimed so many innocent lives. He will also discuss the importance of preserving the historic status quo of Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount, both in words and in action.

The Secretary will meet with civil society during the trip to emphasize our commitment to human right, support for civil society, as well as the importance of people-topeople ties.

Distributed by APO Group, U.S. Department of State

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