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Updated January 8th, 2024 at 07:11 IST

Jordan King Warns Blinken of 'Catastrophic Consequences' if Israel-Hamas War Continues

Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Sunday warned that there will be “catastrophic” consequences if the ongoing Israel-Hamas war continues.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Jordran's King Abdullah II
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Jordran's King Abdullah II | Image:AP
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Amman - While speaking to the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Sunday warned that there will be “catastrophic” consequences if the ongoing Israel-Hamas war continues.  On Sunday, the monarch of the Middle Eastern nation welcomed the American diplomat who is embarking on a trip to the region with the hopes of ending the ongoing conflict. During the meeting, the Jordan king pressured Blinken to push for a ceasefire in the conflict that had been going on for three months. Abdullah insisted that there wouldn't be any sort of “stability” in the region without a just solution to the Palestinian issue. 

“His Majesty King Abdullah, during a meeting on Sunday with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, warned of the catastrophic ramifications of the continued war on Gaza, stressing the need to end the tragic humanitarian crisis in the Strip,” the Royal Court of Jordan said in a statement following the meeting. While putting forward his case, the king of Jordan vehemently rejected the forced displacement of Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, calling it a “clear violation of international law. ”The King also reiterated Jordan’s rejection of attempts to separate Gaza and the West Bank, as they are both part of the Palestinian state. His Majesty said extremist settler violence against the Palestinians and violations of Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem are completely rejected and must be countered before they lead to an explosion in the region," the statement further reads. 

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Blinken is scared of a war spillover

Shortly after the meeting with the Jordan King, Blinken acknowledged the fact that the devastating war could be easily “metastasized”  beyond the Palestinian territory and could be the cause of “profound tensions” in the region. "Such fighting would cause even more insecurity and suffering," Blinken told reporters in Doha, Qatar, alongside Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, ABC News reported. While speaking to the media, the US Secretary of State reiterated that he would urge Israel to prevent civilian casualties when he'll meet the leadership of the Jewish nation. “I will also raise the imperative of doing more to prevent civilian casualties. Far too many Palestinians, innocent Palestinians, have already been killed,” Blinken remarked. 

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The American diplomat is almost halfway through a nine-stop tour around the Middle East. It is important to note that this is his fourth trip to the region since the commencement of the Israel-Hamas war. Blinken will also be meeting Arab leaders in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia before heading to Israel and Egypt. The death toll in Gaza has become a matter of concern all around the world after the Health Ministry of the coastal enclave revealed that over 20,000 Palestinians lost their lives in the war that began on October 7.    

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Published January 8th, 2024 at 07:11 IST

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