Biden discusses Mideast war with Western allies: White House

Ahram Online , Monday 23 Oct 2023

US President Joe Biden discussed Sunday the conflict in the Middle East with leaders of major Western powers, the White House said, as Israel intensified its attacks on the Gaza Strip.


US President Joe Biden

 

Biden spoke with the leaders of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, and Italy, who pledged close diplomatic coordination to prevent the conflict from spreading, preserve stability in the Middle East, and work toward a political solution and durable peace, according to the statement.

"The leaders reiterated their support for Israel and its right to defend itself and called for adherence to international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians," a White House readout of the discussions said.

The readout said the Western leaders voiced commitment to coordinate to ensure sustained and safe access to food, water, medical care, and other assistance required to meet humanitarian needs.

According to the White House, the leaders also discussed their own citizens trapped in the war, "in particular those wishing to leave Gaza."

Declaring that US leadership "holds the world together," Biden told Americans late Thursday the country must deepen its support of Ukraine and Israel in the middle of two vastly different, unpredictable, and bloody wars.

Acknowledging that "these conflicts can seem far away," Biden insisted in a rare Oval Office address that they remain "vital for America's national security" as he prepared to ask Congress for billions of dollars in military assistance for both countries.

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