Jordan is set to host a crucial meeting of foreign ministers from Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The primary objective of the gathering is to address the ongoing conflict in Gaza, which has been causing unrest in the region.
Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson stated that the meeting is focused on coordinating efforts to halt the hostilities in Gaza, put an end to Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians, and ensure the immediate and sustainable flow of humanitarian aid into the region.
Following this meeting, Arab foreign ministers will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to convey the unified Arab stance, emphasizing the urgent need for a ceasefire in Gaza, addressing the deteriorating humanitarian situation, and commencing efforts to address the root causes of the crisis. These include ending the Israeli occupation, achieving a just and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian issue based on international legitimacy, and the two-state solution.
Antony Blinken, who arrived in Jordan after earlier meetings with Israeli leaders, underscored the United States’ insistence that the conflict does not escalate into a broader regional crisis. He urged Israel to take measures to protect civilians in Gaza.
Additionally, Lebanese Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati met with Blinken in Amman on Saturday morning. Also in attendance were Lebanon’s Ambassador to Jordan, Youssef Emile Ragy; U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf; and Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of State, Tom Sullivan. The discussions covered a range of regional issues, with a particular focus on the evolving situation in Gaza and its impact on the broader Middle East region.