The White House announced on Monday that US President Joe Biden would travel to Israel on Wednesday to show his support for Israel in the wake of the Hamas attack. He would also travel to Jordan for a summit meeting with the leaders of Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority.
Then, Biden will fly to Amman, Jordan, where he will meet with Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan, and Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the president of Egypt.
In a phone call earlier that day, the US president discussed the situation in the region following the Hamas terrorist attack in Israel with his counterparts El-Sisi of Egypt and Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani of Iraq. During the call, Biden and El-Sisi discussed the need to maintain stability throughout the Middle East as well as ongoing efforts to address the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Gaza in coordination with the UN, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Israel, and other regional partners.
“Biden condemned Hamas’ terrorist attack on Israel and reiterated that Hamas does not stand for the Palestinian people’s right to dignity and self-determination. The two leaders agreed to continue their close coordination to prevent the conflict from widening and ensure humanitarian assistance reaches those in need,” said a readout of the call.
The significance of the bilateral alliance between Iraq and the United States, as outlined in the Strategic Framework Agreement between our two nations, was also reaffirmed by Biden and Al-Sudani. Finally, they agreed to routine team coordination in order to advance shared goals and maintain regional stability over the ensuing weeks, according to the readout. Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also spoke to further discuss Israel’s operations to restore security following the Hamas attack. According to a press release, the Secretary reaffirmed the US commitment to keep advancing security assistance and preventing conflict escalation.