Blinken to meet Saudi Crown Prince on Sunday in Riyadh, US official says

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will be meeting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on Sunday, a U.S. official revealed, as Israel did all the preparation to bring a ground assault in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. The meeting was planned to happen at 7:30 a.m. (0430 GMT), the official revealed. Israeli troops did all the required preparation on Sunday for the assault as the nation hit back after an unprecedented attack on its territory and Iran gave the warning of “far-reaching results” if Israel’s bombardment was not put to hault.

Blinken is encountering the de facto Saudi governer on the fourth day of his most elongated trip yet to the Middle East as the top American diplomat. He is collaborating with areal allies to hinder the conflict to happen between Israel and Hamas from spiralling into a larger conflict, and to support save the release of hostages abducted by the Islamist party. He began his tour on Thursday in Israel, voicing U.S. support for Washington’s closest Middle East ally in its war against Hamas. He has gone to Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, encountering senior governers and officials. On Sunday, he is anticipated to be heading towards Egypt