US' Blinken deletes social media post encouraging 'cease-fire' between Israel, Hamas
11:12, Tuesday, 10 October, 2023
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday deleted a social media post in which he encouraged a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in their current conflict.
The post was related to a phone call Blinken held with his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan about what it called "attacks on Israel," referring to the Hamas operation against Israel.
"I encouraged Türkiye's advocacy for a cease-fire and the release of all hostages held by Hamas immediately," Blinken Sunday posted on X before deleting it early Monday.
State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said in the readout of the phone call that Blinken and Fidan "discussed developments related to the Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel."
"The Secretary encouraged Türkiye’s continued engagement and highlighted the United States’ unwavering focus on halting the attacks by Hamas and securing the release of all hostages," Miller said in the statement released shortly after the phone call on Sunday.