Tunisian FM, US counterpart stress importance of restoring calm in Middle East

Tunisian FM, US counterpart stress importance of restoring calm in Middle East

Tunis (UNA-OIC) – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Tunisians Abroad Othman Jerandi, on Monday, spoke over the phone with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The need for ceasefire and de-escalation in the Middle East, in order to preserve the lives of innocent people and give a chance for a more sustainable solution between the different sides, was stressed at the call with Blinken, Jerandi tweeted.

He also said they discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations.

Blinken, on his part, tweeted he discussed with Jerandi “the importance of restoring calm in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza.”

The US Secretary of State also said he on the same day spoke with Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and “agreed on the urgency of working towards a sustainable calm.”

Blinken was quoted by US State Department spokesperson Ned Price as highlighting in the same call with Jerandi “the importance of the strong bilateral partnership with Tunisia.”

Tunisia, on Sunday, called to “immediately stop the Israeli attacks against the helpless Palestinian people,” urging the international community and the UN Security Council to urgently intervene to end the occupation forces’ attacks on Palestine.

At a UNSC meeting held on Sunday at the request of Tunisia (non-permanent member), Norway and China, Jerandi described the recent escalation of violence as a serious threat to international peace and security.

The Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and the West Bank left more than 200 dead and hundreds injured and displaced, according to Palestinian media.

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