Office of the Spokesperson
January 6, 2024
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller:
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today in Istanbul with Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Fidan continued discussions on the conflict in Gaza. The Secretary underscored the need to prevent the conflict from spreading, the importance of increasing humanitarian assistance for Palestinian civilians, and the responsibility of all parties to chart a path forward that achieves lasting security for both Israelis, Palestinians, and the broader region. They also discussed shared priorities as NATO Allies, and the Secretary emphasized the importance of completing the final steps to ratify Sweden’s accession to NATO and addressing sanctions and export control evasion.