West Bank, ALRAY - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed Monday evening the U.S. commitment to maintaining the status quo in Jerusalem.
He stated in a joint press conference with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu following a bilateral meeting, that the administration of US President Joe Biden supports a two-state solution.
“United States commitment to Israel's security is stronger than ever," he said, while considering that "anything that distances us from a two-state solution is detrimental to Israel's long-term security."
Blinken called on Palestinian and Israeli side to take immediate measures to restore calm and defuse escalation.
He claimed that US goal is realizing equality between Israeli and Palestinian citizens, where both will enjoy the same freedoms.
Netanyahu said Israel was seeking to expand the Abraham normalization accords and achieve dramatic breakthroughs.
Tel Aviv's policy was to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and it would do everything possible to do so.
Earlier on Monday, the United States Secretary of State arrived in the occupied Palestinian territory for a two-day visit, during which he is in talks with Israeli officials and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
The occupied West Bank is Blinken's second stop in a tour that began from Egypt on Sunday.