22:01 GMT13 June 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that he would travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo and Amman to contribute to reducing tensions in the Middle East.

    Blinken took to Twitter to announce his plans.

    ​The White House confirmed Blinken's plans to pay a visit to the Middle East later this week.

    This comes days after Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire following 11 days of fighting that left 243 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead.

    Commenting on the ceasefire on Sunday, Blinken said that the Biden administration supports a "two-state solution" of the conflict, which envisions an independent State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel, stressing that Washington would seek "equal measures of security" for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Jerusalem, travel, tensions, Middle East, Antony Blinken
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