BAGHDAD: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken paid an unannounced go to to Iraq on Sunday (Nov 5), as he excursions the Center East trying to tamp down tensions after conflict erupted between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas.
After an earlier visit to the occupied West Bank, Blinken landed in Baghdad on Sunday night for his first go to to the nation because the US high diplomat and held talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed al Sudani.
He stated the US was working arduous to make sure that the battle in Gaza doesn’t unfold.
Blinken stated he had a superb, candid dialog with the Iraq authorities and that US officers had been working to safe a humanitarian pause in Gaza that might advance a number of priorities together with getting extra support in and getting Hamas’ hostages out.
Chatting with reporters after the unannounced cease in Baghdad, the US Secretary of State stated there have been now 100 vehicles of support shifting into the besieged coastal enclave, however “it is grossly inadequate”.
Washington desires to stop a wider regional battle and has stepped up diplomacy with regional international locations whose populations have been angered by Israel’s assault on Gaza.
Blinken landed at Baghdad’s worldwide airport, donned a ballistic vest and travelled by Black Hawk helicopter to the Inexperienced Zone, a remnant of the US occupation of Iraq after its 2003 invasion. On the US ambassador’s residence, he was briefed on threats to US amenities, earlier than heading to the Iraqi prime minister’s workplace.
Iran-backed group Kataib Hezbollah issued a warning on Saturday evening that the anticipated Blinken go to can be met with “an unprecedented escalation”.
US defence officers say rocket and drone assaults on US and coalition troops have stepped up in Iraq and Syria since Hamas’ lethal assaults on Oct 7 sparked an intensive Israeli army marketing campaign in Gaza.