11 Jan 2024

Antony Blinken meets with Mahmoud Abbas

From Morning Report, 8:38 am on 11 January 2024

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says all the leaders he has met with in the Middle East want to avoid a wider regional war.

But Arab leaders say resolution of the Israel/Gaza conflict must include a pathway to Palestinian statehood.

Mr Blinken has visited the West Bank and Israel after a series of regional meetings through Turkey, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain.

He said he is having "hard conversations" with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his war cabinet about their next steps. 

He has also met with Mahmoud Abbas - the Palestinian president and head of the Palestinian Authority.

Jennifer Hansler, CNN's US State Department Producer, spoke with Charlotte Cook.