President Joe Biden has canceled his planned trip to Jordan after his visit to Israel. The President was scheduled to meet with Arab leaders in Amman, but the decision was made after consulting with King Abdullah II of Jordan and President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.
The cancellation comes as a hospital explosion in Gaza City claimed the lives of hundreds of people. President Biden sent his condolences for the lives lost in the tragic incident. The discussions in Jordan would have likely focused on the situation in Gaza and the captive hostages, including Americans.
All parties involved agreed to the cancellation of the trip, as the summit would not have achieved any meaningful goals under the current circumstances. Instead, Jordan has announced a four-way summit with Biden, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the dire situation in Gaza.
The blast at al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza City has resulted in a high death toll, with the Palestinian Health Ministry estimating that 200-300 people lost their lives. The Israel Defense Forces swiftly denied any responsibility and blamed Hamas for the attack.
As President Biden canceled his trip, Secretary of State Antony Blinken took over the diplomatic efforts by visiting Amman. Blinken has been engaging in shuttle diplomacy across the Middle East in recent days, holding meetings with Abbas and the King of Jordan.
With tensions escalating in the region, the cancellation of President Biden’s trip and the subsequent four-way summit demonstrate the urgent need for discussions regarding the Gaza situation. The international community continues to closely monitor the developments and hopes for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing crisis. Stay tuned for further updates on the situation in our future articles.
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