US SECRETARY of State Antony Blinken speaks at the State Department in Washington, last week.
(photo credit: TOM BRENNER/REUTERS)
https://www.jpost.com-By TOVAH LAZAROFF
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also told Foreign Affairs Minister Gabi Ashkenazi he is opposed to one-sided actions against Israel in international forums.
America is opposed to the biased treatment Israel receives in international forums, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Foreign Affairs Minister Gabi Ashkenazi when the two men spoke on Monday night.
Blinken “noted the United States’ continuing commitment to opposing unfair, one-sided actions against Israel in the multilateral arena,” the State Department said in a statement it put out after the call.
“Foreign Minister Ashkenazi and Secretary Blinken acknowledged the steadfast partnership between the United States and Israel, and that the two countries would work closely together on challenges ahead,” it added.
The call comes two days before Blinken is set to address the United Nations Human Rights Council, a UN body which has passed more resolutions condemning Israel than any other state.
Under the Trump administration the US had withdrawn from the UNHC to protest its bias against Israel. The Biden administration has rejoined the UNHRC. Wednesday’s speech during the opening of its 46th session will mark the highest level participation with the council since the US left the council in 2018.
The two men also discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Blinken pledging his support to a two-state resolution.
“The Secretary addressed the U.S. approach towards a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous future for Israelis, Palestinians, and the greater Middle East. The Secretary also emphasized the Biden Administration’s belief that the two-state solution is the best way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state, living in peace alongside a viable and democratic Palestinian state,” Blinken’s office said.
The two men also discussed “regional security challenges and the importance of continued cooperation in addressing these issues,” the State Department said.