Blinken and Iraqi PM discuss Israel-Hamas war, attacks by pro-Iran militias

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

A handout picture released by Iraq's Prime Minister's Media Office on November 5, 2023 shows Prime Minister Mohamed Shia al-Sudani (R) meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Baghdad. (Handout/Iraqi prime minister's press office/AFP)
A handout picture released by Iraq's Prime Minister's Media Office on November 5, 2023 shows Prime Minister Mohamed Shia al-Sudani (R) meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Baghdad. (Handout/Iraqi prime minister's press office/AFP)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa al-Sudani in Baghdad to discuss the Israel-Hamas war, the State Department says.

Blinken “discussed the humanitarian situation in Gaza and our continued commitment to coordinating with Iraq and our other partners in the region to ensure sustained and safe access to food, water, medical care, and other assistance required to meet humanitarian needs,” the State Department says.

The pair also agreed on the need “to ensure that Palestinians are not forcibly displaced outside of Gaza,” amid several Israeli proposals suggesting as much, the US readout says

Blinken urged Sudani to hold accountable pro-Iranian militias who have been carrying out attacks against US troops in Iraq since the outbreak of the war in Gaza.

“Blinken made clear that the US will defend its interests and personnel,” the US readout says.

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