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Blinken calls Daniel Pearl family, assures US Govt supports

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WASHINGTON DC: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on Saturday spoke with members of the family of Daniel Pearl and their representatives to assure them that the U.S. government remains committed to pursuing justice and accountability for those involved in Daniel’s kidnapping and murder. This was confirmed by the official press statement of U.S State Department.

U.S, Israel Foreign Ministers discuss regional challenges: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken had a talk with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi on Saturday.

During the conversation, the Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed regional security challenges, humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people, and the normalization of relations with Arab and Muslim majority countries. 

The Secretary emphasized the Administration’s belief that Israelis and Palestinians should enjoy equal measures of freedom, security, prosperity, and democracy, spokesperson said.

The Secretary reiterated the United States’ strong commitment to Israel and its security and looks forward to strengthening all aspects of the U.S.-Israel partnership, it added.

Blinken’s call with Ashkenazi came the same day the US revoked sanctions on top officials at the International Criminal Court that were imposed under the Trump administration.

Blinken had said the economic sanctions imposed on ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and a top aide in 2019 “were inappropriate and ineffective,” and were therefore lifted.

The Hague-based court is probing alleged war crimes in Afghanistan by Afghan forces, the Taliban and US military. It also recently opened a probe into alleged war crimes by US ally Israel and Palestinian terror groups. Neither the US nor Israel are members of the ICC.

Blinken reportedly informed Ashkenazi of the move before it was announced by the State Department.

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