US official embarks on ME tour to discuss efforts to reach Gaza ceasefire

US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara A. Leaf is on travel July 8-14 to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the West Bank.

The Assistant Secretary will meet with government officials on continued diplomatic efforts to achieve a ceasefire agreement, secure the release of all hostages, and ensure humanitarian assistance is distributed throughout Gaza.

She will also have further discussions on the post-conflict period in a way that builds lasting peace and security.

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