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Update: The King of Jordan has now cancelled the meeting with President Biden
President Biden is set to visit Israel on Wednesday in light of the recent conflict involving Hamas.
In this visit, he will hold discussions with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials. Key topics for these talks will include the situation of American citizens and others trapped in Gaza, details regarding hostages taken by Hamas, civilian casualties, and steps to provide humanitarian aid.
President Biden will head to Amman, Jordan, the same day after his meeting in Tel Aviv. He is scheduled to meet with King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Biden was also set to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who later pulled out of the meeting.
Central to these meetings will be a discussion on the ongoing humanitarian crisis and the United States stance that Hamas does not mirror the views of the majority of Palestinians. Addressing the media about the visit, national security spokesman John Kirby mentioned, “It will be a quick trip over the course of a single day but … it comes at a very critical time and there is an awful lot on the agenda.” Kirby clarified that the US isn’t laying out terms for the Israeli military and emphasized the US’s “consistent” concern over civilian casualties.
President Biden’s forthcoming journey was made public on Monday evening, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, already in Tel Aviv, revealing it ahead of the official White House announcement.