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Blinken due in Saudi Arabia amid talks on releasing captives, humanitarian pause

The US Secretary of State is due in Saudi Arabia, as he begins his fifth visit to the Middle East since Israel’s war on Gaza began in October.

Blinken will focus on “diplomatic efforts to reach an agreement that secures the release of all remaining hostages and includes a humanitarian pause” in Gaza, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said in a statement ahead of the visit.

The humanitarian pause will “allow for sustained, increased delivery of humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza”, the statement added.

Blinken will also travel to Egypt, Qatar, Israel and the occupied West Bank.


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