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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with European Commission President von der Leyen
January 17, 2024

Secretary Antony J. Blinken meets with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Davos, Switzerland, January 16, 2024. (Official State Department photo by Chuck Kennedy)



The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen today in Davos, Switzerland. Secretary Blinken and President von der Leyen discussed the importance of continued international assistance for Ukraine as it fights to defend its freedom and independence. They also addressed the urgent need to increase humanitarian assistance for Palestinian civilians in Gaza, prevent further spread of the conflict, secure the release of all hostages, ensure the Hamas attacks of October 7 can never happen again, and advance a pathway for a Palestinian state. The Secretary and President von der Leyen underlined that freedom of navigation in the Red Sea is vital for global commerce and regional security and called on the Houthis to cease attacks on vessels.