European Union and United States intensify diplomatic efforts to prevent escalation of the Gaza war

Amid growing tension between Israel and Hamas, the European Union and the United States are redoubling their diplomatic efforts to prevent a regional escalation of the conflict.

Both actors have sent high-level representatives to the region with the aim of seeking solutions and promoting a ceasefire.

Senior EU representative and U.S. Secretary of State to visit the region

EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, has decided to continue his visit to the region after his visit to Beirut, heading now to Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. For his part, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Qatar after a brief stopover in Jordan.

Both representatives expressed their concern about the escalation of the conflict and made clear their commitment to seeking a negotiated solution.

Importance of avoiding regional escalation

Both the EU and the US consider it crucial to avoid a regional escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

In particular, concern about the potential spillover of the conflict into neighboring countries such as Lebanon, where there has been an exchange of fire with the Shiite militia Hezbollah. In addition, the importance of avoiding an escalation into the Red Sea has been stressed.

Meetings with local and regional authorities

During his visit to Riyadh, Borrell is scheduled to meet with the Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, and with the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi. Both meetings are aimed at discussing the situation in and around Gaza, as well as exploring possible ways to achieve lasting peace in the region.

For his part, Blinken met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who urged the Secretary of State to use U.S. leverage over Israel to press for an immediate cease-fire. The Jordanian king warned of the “catastrophic repercussions” that a continuation of the Gaza offensive could have.

In addition, the situation of civilians in the Strip and U.S. opposition to the forced displacement of Palestinians were addressed.

Call for a two-state solution

Both the EU and the United States have reiterated their commitment to a two-state solution as the basis for lasting peace in the region. Borrell has stressed the need for decisive international action to impose such a solution, as the parties involved seem unable to reach an agreement on their own.

In this regard, Blinken also emphasized the importance of a negotiated solution and expressed his concern about the possible expansion of the conflict in the region. Both actors have underlined the need to prevent the conflict from spreading to other countries and stressed the importance of containment.

Other international actors join diplomatic efforts

In addition to the EU and the United States, other international actors are also stepping up their diplomatic efforts to seek a solution to the conflict in Gaza. Germany, for example, has sent its foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, to the region on a tour that includes visits to Israel, the Palestinian territories and Egypt.

Baerbock has stressed the need to break out of the cycle of violence and called for a two-state solution.

Conclusion

European Union and the United States are working together to prevent a regional escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Both actors are sending high-level representatives to the region to seek solutions and promote a ceasefire. They have also stressed the importance of a two-state solution and expressed concern about the possible expansion of the conflict in the region. Other international actors, such as Germany, have also joined the diplomatic efforts. The hope is that these efforts can contribute to peace and stability in the region.