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Blinken press conference

18.05.2021 - 12:53
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 Mynd: Guðmundur Bergkvist - RUV
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Iceland ahead of the Arctic Council meeting at which he will meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in person for the first time. Blinken is today meeting Icelandic leaders and gave a press conference alongside his Icelandic counterpart Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson this morning. A small group of protesters had gathered outside the Reykjavik conference centre to decry US support of Israel.

Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, told reporters at Harpa a short while ago: 

“As I think you know, President Biden spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday and expressed our support for a ceasefire. He reiterated that Israel, like every country, has the right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks, and emphasised that Israel has to make every effort to protect innocent civilians. I likewise underscored the urgent need to bring an end to the violence in my own conversations yesterday with partners in Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Tunisia, the European Union, and again this morning with my colleagues in Morocco and Bahrain. And I’ll do the same with other counterparts on the margins of the Arctic Council tonight and tomorrow. I also had the opportunity to speak to our envoy in the region, Hady Amr, to get the latest update from him and his conversations with the parties; including most recently President Abbas. Our goal remains to bring the current cycle of violence to an end as quickly as possible, and then bring the parties back to the work of building the lasting stability which the Palestinian and Israeli people, and people everywhere, deserve.”  

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