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Netanyahu, Blinken discuss Israel’s security, Gaza reconstruction

Meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated US commitment for Israel’s security, and said the United States is committed also to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Gilad Erdan (R), Jerusalem, May 25, 2021.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived today in Israel, his first stop on a regional tour and his first official visit to the country. Blinken is expected to visit also the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Egypt.

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi welcomed Blinken upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, greeting him warmly. "It is an honor to host you on your first official visit to Israel. Every visit by Sec of State is a special occasion, let alone when it is his first. Looking forward to our discussions on strengthening the US-IL relations and on regional development," Ashkenazi tweeted.

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