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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken concluded a whirlwind regional tour on the Gaza conflict in Cairo on Thursday, saying offering a roadblock to a Palestinian state would help stabilize the region and isolate Iran and its proxies, according to news agency Reuters. Best way to do it. informed of. Blinken, who works between Israel and Arab governments, is advocating a solution to the Gaza crisis, even though it threatens to expand commerce channels to Lebanon, Iraq and the Red Sea.

Blinken told reporters after meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi that the region faces two paths, the first of which is “integrating Israel, with security assurances and commitments from regional countries and the US, and a Palestinian State – At least one way “to that state.”

“The other path is to continue to see terrorism, nihilism, destruction supported by Hamas, by the Houthis, by Hezbollah, by Iran,” Reuters quoted him in its report.

He said, “If you go the first way… that is the best way to isolate, marginalize Iran and the proxies that are causing so much trouble – for us and everyone else in the region.” For.”

Blinken’s visit comes a day after Egypt and Jordan warned that Israel’s military offensive, which has killed more than 23,000 Palestinians, should not displace the strip’s 2.3 million residents or lead to Israeli occupation.

Israel and its American supporters have said this is not Israel’s intention, but Egypt is growing concerned as more Gazans are forced into the enclave’s borders.

Egypt and Qatar are attempting to mediate a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel and secure the release of Israeli hostages, as well as press for more supplies to be brought into southern Gaza.

Blinken was briefed on such efforts during a meeting with Sisi and Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel, according to a statement from Sisi’s office. According to the statement, all parties have declared their opposition to any relocation of Palestinians from their homes.

Blinken informed NBC in an interview on Tuesday that he expected Hamas to continue negotiations for the release of detainees after the ceasefire, which halted violence in late November and led to the release of more than 100 detainees.

The conflict began on October 7 with an attack by Palestinian Hamas militants, which Israel claims killed 1,200 and captured 240 captives.

Blinken, who visited nine countries and the occupied West Bank in a week, brought a rough agreement for Israel that its Muslim-majority neighbors would help rehabilitate Gaza after the war and continue economic integration with Israel, but Only if Israel commits to allowing construction. of an independent Palestinian state in the future.

The state would include Gaza and the West Bank, where Blinken met Abbas on Wednesday in the de facto Palestinian capital Ramallah.

Washington wants the unpopular Palestinian Authority to restructure and restore credibility in preparation to take control of Gaza if Israel succeeds in its aim to oust Hamas, which has ruled the territory since 2007.

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