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Washington:

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to discuss efforts to build a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the White House said.

They also discussed the humanitarian response in Gaza, including how to increase the flow of critical aid to the Palestinian territory, as well as a number of bilateral issues, the White House said in a statement.

Sullivan will travel to Israel on Thursday and hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of the Israeli war cabinet on Thursday and Friday.

US talks aimed at reaching an agreement to normalize relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia had stalled due to the Gaza-based Hamas terrorist group’s October 7 attack on southern Israel, which killed 1,200 and wounded more than 200. Was taken hostage.

On the other hand, Gaza’s Health Ministry estimates that more than 18,000 people have been killed in Gaza.

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All parties have said that they want to revive the agreement when the time is right.

US officials said Sullivan would also discuss Saudi efforts to stop ongoing Houthi attacks against international commercial vessels in the Red Sea.

White House national security spokesman John Kirby told reporters that during his visit to Israel, Sullivan would discuss with the Israelis the need for more surgical and precise strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza.

US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that Israel is losing support over “indiscriminate” bombing of Gaza and that Netanyahu must be replaced, exposing a new rift in relations with the Israeli prime minister.

The White House said Sullivan and the Saudi Crown Prince also discussed areas of deepening bilateral cooperation in security, commerce, space exploration and advanced technologies, including Open Radio Access (O-RAN) networks.

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