After meeting Blinken, Jordan’s FM says Arab nations demand immediate ceasefire in Gaza

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a meeting with Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, during a day of meetings about the ongoing war between Israel and the Palestinian terror group Hamas, in Amman, Jordan, November 4, 2023. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool photo via AP)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a meeting with Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, during a day of meetings about the ongoing war between Israel and the Palestinian terror group Hamas, in Amman, Jordan, November 4, 2023. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool photo via AP)

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi tells reporters that though he condemns the Hamas attacks of October 7 and that though “nobody in their right mind” would “belittle” the pain felt by Israel that day, the war in Gaza cannot be permitted to continue.

“The whole region in sinking in a sea of hatred that will define generations to come,” Safadi says after a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

He says the Arab countries were demanding an immediate ceasefire, a more dramatic action than the humanitarian pauses supported by the Biden administration, to allow for the delivery of food and other supplies and to enable time to secure the release of hostages.

“We don’t accept that this is self-defense,” Safadi says, adding, “It cannot be justified under any pretext and it will not bring Israel security, it will not bring the region peace.”

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