President Joe Biden is not scheduled to journey to Jordan on Wednesday after he visits Israel, a senior administration official mentioned.
Biden, who departed for Tel Aviv on Tuesday night time, had deliberate to satisfy with Arab leaders in Amman after visiting Israel in a present of assist for the U.S. ally amid its struggle with Hamas.
“After consulting with King Abdullah II of Jordan and in mild of the times of mourning introduced by President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, President Biden will postpone his journey to Jordan and the deliberate assembly with these two leaders and President Sisi of Egypt,” a White Home official mentioned.
Biden despatched his deepest condolences for “the harmless lives misplaced within the hospital explosion in Gaza, and wished a speedy restoration to the wounded,” the official mentioned, including that the president will seek the advice of in particular person with these leaders quickly and can “stay commonly and straight engaged with every of them over the approaching days.”
A Jordanian official instructed NBC Information that every one events agreed to the cancellation, saying that the summit wouldn’t obtain any objectives underneath the present circumstances.
Jordan on Tuesday morning had introduced that King Abdullah would host a four-way summit in Amman the next day, with Biden, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to debate the scenario in Gaza.
An assault on al-Ahli Baptist Hospital, a Christian-run medical complicated in central Gaza Metropolis, killed 200 to 300 folks on Tuesday, in line with the Palestinian Well being Ministry. The ministry’s spokesman, Ashraf Al Qudra, mentioned the Israel Protection Forces (IDF) had focused the hospital for bombing. The terrorist group Hamas, which was accountable for the Oct. 7 terrorist assault in Israel, additionally blamed Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied that Israel was accountable, saying, “It was barbaric terrorists in Gaza that attacked the hospital in Gaza, and never the IDF.”