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US’ Blinken arrives in Egypt to bolster Gaza cease-fire


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Cairo on Wednesday on the third stop of his Middle East tour to solidify a cease-fire between Gaza-based Palestinian factions and Israel, according to Egyptian media.

The top US diplomat is scheduled to meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry during his brief visit, Shorouk newspaper reported.

Blinken started his tour in Israel on Tuesday where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He also held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on the cease-fire and the rebuilding of the Gaza Strip. He is scheduled to visit Jordan after Egypt.

“The US is providing more than $360 million of urgent support for the Palestinian people. We will galvanize the international community to make more aid available for humanitarian and development efforts,” Blinken wrote on Twitter.

Wednesday’s visit is the first by Blinken to Egypt since he took office.

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