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US Submits Draft Resolution Calling for "Immediate Ceasefire" In Gaza: Blinken

•, by Katabella Roberts

Mr. Blinken made the comments in an interview with Saudi broadcaster Al-Hadath in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on March 20.

The secretary of state is in Saudi Arabia as part of his official tour of the Middle East and had earlier met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss the ongoing situation in Gaza, including the worsening humanitarian crisis, according to multiple reports.

Mr. Blinken was asked by Al-Hadath's Christiane Baissary whether Washington is "carrying any more initiatives to end the bloodshed in Gaza," to which the U.S. secretary of state said officials are "pressing" for an immediate ceasefire tied to the release of Israeli hostages.

"That would bring immediate relief to so many people who are suffering in Gaza–the children, the women, the men," he said.

"It would allow a much greater expansion of humanitarian assistance getting to them, and it could create the conditions to have a lasting, enduring ceasefire, which is also what we want to see. So that's the urgency in this moment. That's what we're pressing with Qatar and Egypt working closely with us to try to get an agreement."

Mr. Blinken was then asked how the United States is pressuring Israel while "still continuing supporting them financially and militarily" in their war with Hamas in Gaza.

Proposal 'Sends Strong Message'

The reporter also highlighted Washington's decision to veto a U.N. resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza last month.

Responding to her questioning, Mr. Blinken said U.S. officials have put forward a resolution to the U.N. Security Council that "does call for an immediate ceasefire tied to the release of hostages, and we hope very much that countries will support that."

Mr. Blinken did not state when the resolution would be brought for a vote. However, the senior Biden administration official said he believes the proposal will "send a strong message, a strong signal."

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