US submits draft resolution to UN Security Council calling for Gaza ceasefire — Blinken

DUBAI: The United States has submitted a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) calling for an immediate ceasefire a...


DUBAI: The United States has submitted a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) calling for an immediate ceasefire and release of Israeli hostages in the Gaza Strip, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

"We actually have a resolution that we put forward right now that’s before the United Nations Security Council that does call for an immediate ceasefire tied to the release of hostages, and we hope very much that countries will support that," he said in an interview with the Al Hadath television.

According to Blinken, the latest draft resolution would send a "strong signal." While the United States stands with Israel’s right to defend itself, Washington focuses on efforts to protect civilians "who are suffering so terribly," he emphasized.

"We’ve been leading the effort to do that, to get more in, to get more to the people who need it. We are pressing on that as hard as we can," Blinken said.

The United States used its right to veto at the UNSC to block several resolutions calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian radical movement Hamas before. Algeria was the last country to have submitted its draft resolution in late February.

On Wednesday, the US secretary of state arrived in Saudi Arabia, the first stop of his sixth tour of the Middle East since the Palestinian-Israeli conflict escalated again on October 7. Blinken is planning to travel to Egypt and Israel later on. He is expected to hold talks in Cairo with top diplomats from Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia as well as with the UAE minister for international cooperation and a senior Palestinian official later today.


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