Blinken notes ‘measurable progress’ in Gaza humanitarian efforts, urges further action

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reported “measurable progress” in Gaza’s humanitarian situation on Monday, but emphasized the need for Israel to enhance its efforts.

During the opening remarks at a U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Riyadh, Blinken advocated for a ceasefire as the most effective solution to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. He highlighted ongoing U.S. efforts to prevent the conflict from escalating.

“We have seen measurable progress in the last few weeks, including the opening of a new crossing, increased aid volumes to and within Gaza, and plans to utilize a maritime corridor in the upcoming weeks. However, this is not sufficient,” Blinken stated.

The visit to Saudi Arabia marks the beginning of a broader Middle Eastern tour aimed at addressing post-conflict governance in Gaza and the broader regional implications of the war with Israel.

Blinken is also expected to facilitate discussions among Arab and European nations regarding support for the reconstruction of Gaza, which has suffered extensive damage from a six-month-long Israeli bombardment.

Additionally, Blinken’s visit coincides with anticipated meetings in Egypt, where leaders from Hamas are expected to discuss ceasefire possibilities with Israel.