US Secretary of State Antony Blinken left for the Middle East and began a three-day visit amid Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. Iran and the war in Ukraine are on the agenda of Blinken's visit, VOA reported.
After a stop in Cairo, Blinken will travel to Jerusalem on Monday for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new administration, which includes ultra-nationalist parties that want to expand settlements in the West Bank.
Blinken will repeat the US calls for calm, and emphasize Washington's support for the two-state solution—albeit US officials admit that long-term peace talks are unlikely in the near future.
Also, the US Secretary of State will go to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, some other Palestinian officials, and civil society representatives.