Blinken to travel to Middle East next week to push ceasefire proposal

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to several Middle Eastern countries early next week to push the ceasefire proposal that would pause and possibly end the IsraelHamas war.

He will travel to Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Qatar from next Monday through Wednesday and will meet with regional leaders about the efforts to get Israel and Hamas to agree to the proposal, the State Department announced on Friday. Egypt and Qatar have acted as mediators, along with the United States, between Israel and Hamas over the course of the war.

The U.S. and several international leaders have urged Hamas to accept the Israeli proposal on the table, which “is nearly identical to the one Hamas endorsed last month,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement announcing the secretary’s trip to the Middle East.

If the reported proposal
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