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Blinken in flurry of calls to seek end to Mideast clashes

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Washington (AFP) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday held talks with key counterparts influential in the Middle East as the United States seeks to de-escalate deadly clashes between Israel and the Palestinians. Blinken, who was en route Sunday to Denmark at the start of a week of diplomacy focused on the Arctic, spoke by phone to officials in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and France. After Iran, Qatar is seen as having the greatest influence on the Hamas militant group. “The secretary reiterated his call on all parties to de-escalate tensions and bring a halt to the violence, which h…

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