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Blinken Holds Talks with Turkish Foreign Minister After Ankara Recalls Ambassador to Israel

HeadlineNov 06, 2023

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Ankara for talks with Turkey’s foreign minister about Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip. Ahead of Blinken’s arrival, Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who’d marched on an air base housing U.S. troops. On Saturday, Turkey recalled its ambassador to Israel after condemning the “unfolding humanitarian tragedy in Gaza.”

On Sunday, Blinken made a surprise trip to Baghdad for talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani. That followed Blinken’s unscheduled meeting earlier in the day with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. Blinken rejected Abbas’s demand for a ceasefire in Gaza. On Saturday, Blinken joined a summit of Arab leaders in Jordan, all of whom condemned Israel’s assault and demanded a ceasefire. Meanwhile, CIA Director William Burns arrived in Israel Sunday for talks with Israeli leaders and intelligence officials.

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