At the daily press conference, Kirby spoke about the meeting held in Aqaba, Jordan, on February 26, where the Palestinian administration and the Israeli government came together and where US, Egyptian and Jordanian officials were also present.
Pointing out that the Israeli and Palestinian parties have not held such a meeting for decades, Kirby said, “The Aqaba Declaration includes the Israeli and Palestinian parties’ commitments to reduce and prevent violence.” used the phrase. Kirby stated that the parties also confirmed their commitment to previous agreements and their work for a “just and mutual peace”, adding that “This meeting was a starting point. However, it was an important step.” said.
“We condemn all forms of violence”
On the other hand, pointing to the US State Department’s statement regarding the events in which two Israelis and a Palestinian died over the weekend, Kirby said, “We condemn all forms of violence.” said.
In this context, Kirby stated that they agreed with the statements of Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that “citizens cannot take the law into their own hands” and added, “What happened is unacceptable.” used the phrase.
Regarding Netanyahu’s statements that the construction of illegal settlements will continue, Kirby said that Israeli officials said at the Aqaba meeting that there would be no discussion about the construction of additional illegal settlements for 6 months, and they thought this was a positive sign.
Kirby stated that they support a “viable two-state solution” and underlined that the additional settlements do not serve this purpose.
Coordinator Kirby noted that the Aqaba meeting was designed to help manage such crises, and stated that US President Joe Biden thanked Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdulfettah es-Sisi for their contributions. Saying that the USA will continue to deal with this issue actively, Kirby stated that in this context, a meeting will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, next month.
Saudi Arabia’s aid to Ukraine
John Kirby stated that they welcomed the visit of Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Faisal bin Ferhan to Ukraine and stated that Saudi Arabia’s aid to Ukraine, including 400 million dollars of energy equipment, will begin next week. Coordinator Kirby also pointed out that thousands of Yemenis have been saved thanks to the ceasefire in Yemen, which has entered its 10th month.
Regarding whether the virus that caused the Kovid-19 epidemic spread from the laboratory, Kirby noted that there is no consensus in the US government about the origin of Kovid-19, that no definite conclusion has been reached on this issue yet, and that the work on this issue continues, President Biden followed the issue. reported that he did.
Agreement between the UK and the EU
Kirby also referred to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to Washington on Friday, saying that the war in Ukraine will be the main agenda item of Biden and Scholz’s meeting.
Coordinator Kirby also noted that they welcome the UK and EU to reach a new agreement under the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Fighting child labor in the USA
At the meeting, White House Spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre pointed out that the Department of Labor announced a series of new actions to eliminate abuses related to child labor in the USA and to investigate abuse related to immigrant children.
“Child labor is abuse and unacceptable.” Jean-Pierre said that the Ministry of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will establish a new inter-agency working unit to combat child abuse.
Spokesperson Jean-Pierre stated that the work on child labor and abuse will be increased and called on the Congress to take action on this issue.