Lincoln’s Middle East tour hard to solve the core issues of Palestine and Israel
Reference News Network reported on May 28. According to a report by The Associated Press in Cairo on May 26, U.S. Secretary of State Lincoln ended his visit to the Middle East on Wednesday, local time. But this visit has made little progress in resolving deeper issues at the core of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. These issues include tensions in the controversial holy city of Jerusalem, which has had a fundamental impact on the recent war.
According to the report, after two days of talks with Israel, Palestine, and Arab allies, Brinken admitted that the hope of resuming peace talks is still slim. At the same time, he said he had made progress towards less radical goals such as consolidating the ceasefire agreement and rebuilding the hard-hit Gaza.
Brinken met with King Abdullah II in Amman, Jordan’s capital, where he told reporters: “We believe that the ceasefire is not the end, but the beginning.”
He said that the first task is to meet Gaza’s 2 million people’s urgent needs and then “create better conditions for us to work hard.”
Before this, he held talks with President Sisi in Egypt.
The report pointed out that Brinken promised to “seek international support” for the reconstruction of Gaza while ensuring that such aid does not fall into the hands of Hamas. He also tried to strengthen the power of Hamas’s opponent, the Palestinian National Authority recognized by the international community.
According to the report, to support Brinken’s efforts, the energy-rich Gulf country Qatar pledged to provide 500 million U.S. dollars for the post-war reconstruction of Gaza. Qatar often acts as a mediator between Israel and Hamas and has provided hundreds of millions of dollars to support the ceasefire between the two sides in the past.
In Cairo, Brinken talked with Sisi for nearly two hours. In his subsequent meeting with American diplomats, he said that Egypt was a “true and effective partner” in helping to end the Gaza war.
According to reports, Brinken’s visit to Egypt and the phone call between U.S. President Biden and Sisi show that the relationship between the two countries has become closer after the initial indifference.