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Top U.S. diplomat spoke with Turkish, Chinese and Saudi counterparts about Iran, State Department says

By CNN’s Michael Conte and Jennifer Hansler

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke Wednesday evening and Thursday morning with the foreign ministers of Turkey, China and Saudi Arabia, saying the countries should urge Iran not to escalate the conflict in the Middle East after the threats made by Tehran against Israel. according to a State Department spokesperson.

What Blinken told his counterparts: “Escalation is in no one’s interest and countries should urge Iran not to escalate,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said at a news conference. The United States has also “engaged with its European allies and partners over the past few days” to offer a similar policy message on Iran, he added.

What Blinken told Israel: He spoke with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant to reiterate U.S. support for Israel against these threats, and also stressed “the importance of Israel fulfilling the commitments that Prime Minister Netanyahu made to President Biden last week to improve the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza, and put in place enhanced deconfliction and coordination measures,” Miller said.

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