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Blinken speaks with Turkish foreign minister about Israel-Hamas war

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke on Monday with Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan about “diplomatic efforts to prevent the conflict from widening and to minimize the humanitarian costs of the war” in Israel, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said.

“The Secretary reiterated the need for Hamas to halt all violent attacks and free hostages immediately,” Miller said. “The Secretary welcomed Turkiye’s constructive engagement.”

A senior Turkish official told CNN last week that Turkey is actively taking part in trying to secure the hostages taken by Hamas.

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