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Biden tells Muslim gathering US working for ‘sustained calm’; Blinken urges immediate end to violence

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

US President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with Republican senators in the Oval Office of the White House on May 13, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
US President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with Republican senators in the Oval Office of the White House on May 13, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US President Joe Biden says the US is working “toward sustained calm” between Israel and the Palestinians.

In virtual remarks on a pre-taped video played at a White House ceremony to mark Eid al-Fitr at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Biden says: “My administration is going to continue to engage Palestinians and Israelis and other regional partners to work toward sustained calm.”

“We also believe Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live in safety and security and enjoy equal measure of freedom, prosperity and democracy.”

Earlier, Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged all parties to de-escalate. After talks with the Egyptian foreign minister, Blinken tweeted that “the violence must end immediately.”

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