Blinken: US, Arab states agree Hamas-controlled status quo in Gaza cannot continue

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday both Washington and Arab states believe the status quo of a Hamas-controlled Gaza cannot continue and that he has discussed with his Arab counterparts how to chart a better path forward toward a two-state solution.

Speaking at a news conference in Amman, alongside his Egyptian and Jordanian counterparts, the top US diplomat also said Washington was worried about violence by extremist settlers in the West Bank.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said on Saturday that Israel is committing “war crimes” and that it should not be above international law.

Speaking at the news conference in Amman, Safadi also said Blinken has a leading role to play in efforts to end the war in Gaza.

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