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US diplomats embarking on Mideast tour in bid to defuse tensions — report

The US State Department is dispatching two senior diplomats to the region in a bid to calm tensions, Walla news reports, citing sources with knowledge of the matter.

Yael Lempert, acting assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and Hady Amr, deputy assistant secretary for Israeli and Palestinian affairs, are expected to arrive in the region on Wednesday, Walla reports.

The two will meet with officials in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Amman and Cairo, according to the report.

An official familiar with the matter confirms the trip to The Times of Israel.

Hady Amr. (US State Department)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who traveled to the region last year to help defuse similar tensions after they had already snowballed into all-out war, decided on sending the lower-level delegation, Walla reports.

Blinken spoke to leaders and top diplomats in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Amman Tuesday.

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