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Barbara Leaf to visit Israel on overseas trip

The U.S. assistant secretary of state's trip will focus on a ceasefire agreement, release of the hostages and humanitarian aid in Gaza.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo on June 10, 2024. With Blinken (from the left) are U.S. Assistant Secretary Barbara Leaf, Counselor Derek Chollet and U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Herro Mustafa Garg. Credit: Chuck Kennedy/U.S. State Department.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo on June 10, 2024. With Blinken (from the left) are U.S. Assistant Secretary Barbara Leaf, Counselor Derek Chollet and U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Herro Mustafa Garg. Credit: Chuck Kennedy/U.S. State Department.

Barbara Leaf, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, will visit Israel among other countries on a trip from July 8 to July 14, the U.S. State Department announced on Monday.

In her visits with government officials in the Jewish state, and Judea and Samaria, as well as the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan and Italy, Leaf will discuss “continued diplomatic efforts to achieve a ceasefire agreement, secure the release of all hostages and ensure humanitarian assistance is distributed throughout Gaza,” Foggy Bottom stated. “She will also have further discussions on the post-conflict period in a way that builds lasting peace and security.”

In January, Leaf visited Israel and Jordan, among other regional countries. From Nov. 14 to Nov. 20, she visited Israel, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain. On Oct. 25, she left for a trip to the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Jordan and Israel that lasted into early November.

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