Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently met with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani during his visit to Iraq. This meeting followed the secretary’s visits to Israel, Jordan, and the West Bank. In his discussions with the Iraqi prime minister, Blinken stressed the importance of preventing the spillover of conflict from Gaza.
Blinken expressed his firm stance against attacks and threats from militias aligned with Iran, emphasizing that such actions are unacceptable. He clarified that the United States is not seeking conflict with Iran but will take necessary measures to protect its personnel.
Efforts are being made to ensure that the conflict in Gaza does not escalate or spread to other areas in the region. Blinken acknowledged the Arab leaders’ call for a total cease-fire and acknowledged the value of humanitarian pauses. These pauses would contribute to achieving various goals, including the delivery of more humanitarian aid to Gaza, facilitating the safe evacuation of individuals, and bringing hostages home.
During a separate meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Blinken commended the PA for playing a crucial role in maintaining stability in the West Bank.
Secretary of State Blinken’s visit to Iraq served to underscore the importance of conflict prevention and regional stability. By engaging with regional leaders, he aimed to find diplomatic solutions and promote humanitarian efforts in the ongoing conflict.