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King Abdullah discusses Gaza ceasefire and regional stability with Antony Blinken

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King Abdullah II of Jordan met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Amman on Tuesday, emphasizing the urgent need for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Antony Blinken, Abdullah II, and Crown Prince Al Hussein on Tuesday in Amman

King Abdullah II of Jordan met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Amman on Tuesday, emphasizing the urgent need for a ceasefire in Gaza. 

Amid the ongoing conflict, the Jordanian monarch expressed deep concerns over the potential consequences of an Israeli military intervention in Rafah, the last stronghold of Hamas and Islamic Jihad fighters in Gaza and the location where Israeli hostages are currently held.

With nearly 60% of its population of Palestinian descent, Jordan's position is particularly sensitive. 

The kingdom, which has historically been a mediator in Middle Eastern conflicts, faces its own internal challenges from active Hamas cells and other Palestinian groups. Despite these threats, Jordan's intelligence services have maintained remarkable effectiveness in managing security concerns.

King Abdullah, balancing these complex dynamics, stands firmly against an escalation of military operations by Israel in Gaza. The potential for regional destabilization looms large, making the call for a ceasefire not just a diplomatic gesture but a necessity for maintaining stability both within Jordan and across the broader Middle East.

The meeting between King Abdullah and Secretary Blinken highlights the ongoing diplomatic efforts to address the crisis in Gaza and the delicate balance that regional leaders must navigate in these turbulent times. 

By Bruno Finel

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