U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Addresses Israel, Yemen, and Upcoming Diplomatic Agenda
In a comprehensive address today, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken discussed two pressing issues: the United States’ strong support for Israel amid recent attacks and ongoing efforts to achieve lasting peace in Yemen. He also unveiled his diplomatic agenda for an upcoming visit to Israel and Jordan.
A Message of Solidarity
Secretary Blinken denounced recent attacks on Israel as “true evil” and reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering support for the nation. He emphasized the importance of this message, which he plans to deliver directly to Israeli partners during his upcoming visit to the region later this week.
Regional Engagement and American Citizens’ Welfare
Amid the crisis in Israel, the United States remains engaged with regional partners and is actively working to locate American citizens and provide support to affected families. Secretary Blinken promised further updates on these efforts in the days to come.
Pursuing Peace in Yemen
While addressing the situation in Israel, Secretary Blinken expressed the United States’ unwavering commitment to achieving a durable peace in Yemen. He acknowledged the progress made during the past 18 months with a truce that significantly improved the lives of Yemenis.
The current challenge is to transform this truce into a lasting peace. Secretary Blinken commended the work of UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg and the dialogue between Saudi Arabia and the Houthis, highlighting the vital role of the United Nations in uniting Yemenis for a lasting peace.
The Journey Toward Yemeni Peace
Efforts are underway to build on the gains achieved through the truce, potentially bringing about a transformation in the lives of the Yemeni people. Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the United States’ dedication to this endeavor.
Secretary Blinken said,
“In that effort, what we’ve seen over the last 18 or so months is a truce that has materially improved the lives of Yemenis, as imperfect as it’s been. And the challenge now is to turn that truce into a durable peace. And to that end, I’m very grateful for the work of UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg”
“I’m very delighted to see him here today – so that we have an opportunity to compare notes on where we are on Yemen, the work that’s being done, including the encouraging work being done between Saudi Arabia and the Houthis – recent visit, second visit to Riyadh by the Houthi delegation – and ultimately, the work that needs to be done with the patronage of the United Nations to bring Yemenis together to forge a durable peace.”
“Our ability to achieve that can take the gains that have already been made through the truce and make them enduring, and dramatically change the lives of the Yemeni people.”
Secretary Blinken expressed his pleasure in welcoming UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg, emphasizing the importance of their meeting. Grundberg reciprocated the sentiment, highlighting the substantial progress made in the Yemeni peace process in recent years, largely due to international collaboration.
He conveyed his gratitude for the support of the United States and Secretary Blinken in advancing a Yemeni-led political process under the United Nations auspices.
Upcoming Diplomatic Visit to Israel and Jordan
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken is scheduled to travel to Israel and Jordan from October 11 to 13, 2023 as part of his ongoing diplomatic efforts. His visit will encompass discussions with senior officials from both countries and address key regional concerns.
Condemning Terrorist Attacks and Reiterating Solidarity
Secretary Blinken’s primary objective during his visit is to condemn the recent terrorist attacks against Israel. He will express his condolences for the victims and emphasize the United States’ unwavering support for Israel. Strengthening Israel’s security will be a central topic of discussion.
Supporting Israel’s Right to Self-Defense
Additionally, Secretary Blinken will underscore the United States’ commitment to Israel’s right to defend itself. This longstanding partnership will continue to be a cornerstone of their diplomatic relationship.
In a world marked by regional challenges and aspirations for peace, Secretary Antony J. Blinken continues to lead efforts to support allies and advance peace in the Middle East. His upcoming visit to Israel and Jordan is a significant step in this diplomatic journey.