Washington, 30 October 2023 (TDI): US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke in a critical conversation today with Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan to address pressing regional matters.

Additionally, Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the United States’ firm commitment to regional stability and peace. They unequivocally condemned Hamas’ recent attack on Israel, characterizing it as a reprehensible act of violence that necessitates a swift and just response.

However, during the call, the diplomats stressed the need to engage with regional leaders to prevent the Israel-Hamas conflict from escalating. They highlighted the importance of releasing hostages and providing humanitarian aid to ease suffering.

US Secretary Blinken announced $100 million in humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. It’s to help their dire situation and bring hope for a better future.

Moreover, this conversation serves as a testament to the United States’ determination to engage in diplomatic endeavors and uphold its role in promoting regional peace and stability. Matthew Miller, a spokesperson of state department expressed his views.

Sweden’s accession to NATO

Previously, Turkey’s President Erdoğan presented a bill for Sweden to join NATO. This move clears the way for Sweden’s NATO membership. This call was placed against the backdrop of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s decisive move to submit a bill approving Sweden’s NATO membership to parliament for ratification.

US Secretary Blinken expressed his steadfast commitment to working closely with Turkey and other regional partners to effectively address these critical issues and pave the way for a brighter future for all.

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In addition to discussions on the Israel-Hamas conflict, Secretary Blinken and Minister Fidan explored the progress on Sweden’s accession to NATO, emphasizing the continued collaboration and commitment to collective defense within the NATO alliance.