Senior State Department official heads to region for talks on Gaza war

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

Barbara Leaf, US assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, speaks to reporters at a media roundtable in Kuwait City on October 19, 2022. (YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP/ File)
Barbara Leaf, US assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, speaks to reporters at a media roundtable in Kuwait City on October 19, 2022. (YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP/ File)

US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf has departed for the region where she will meet with various government officials to advance diplomatic efforts aimed at ending the Israel-Hamas war, the State Department says.

Leaf will travel to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, the West Bank and Italy, returning to the US on July 14.

“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,” the State Department says.

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