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Blinken urges regional leaders to press Hamas on Gaza ceasefire proposal

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday that leaders in the Middle East should press Hamas to agree to the US proposal for a Gaza truce with Israel. "My message to governments throughout the region... if you want a ceasefire, press Hamas to say yes," he told reporters in Cairo, his first stop on a regional tour.

Published June 10,2024

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday, as he began a trip to the Middle East, that he was urging leaders in the region to press Hamas to say yes to a ceasefire proposal to halt fighting in Gaza.

Blinken said Hamas was the only outlier in not accepting the proposal for a three-phase deal involving the release of hostages and talks toward an end to the fighting, to which he said Israel had agreed.