OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON
FEBRUARY 6, 2024
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi today in Cairo. Secretary Blinken and President El-Sisi discussed ongoing efforts to secure the release of all hostages held by Hamas. The Secretary expressed appreciation for Egypt’s leadership role in facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in Gaza. Secretary Blinken emphasized the United States’ rejection of any forced displacement of Palestinians from Gaza and commitment to establishing a Palestinian state that provides peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians alike.
Secretary Blinken and President El-Sisi also discussed shared objectives for regional stability and prosperity, including halting Houthi attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea.