Jordan has canceled a four-way summit with US President Joe Biden scheduled for October 18 following the attack on a hospital in the Gaza Strip. Al-Jazeera TV channel reported this with reference to the country’s Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi.
Earlier, Mahmoud Abbas refused to participate in the summit. According to The Times of Israel’s source, the head of the Palestinian Authority did this in protest against the attack on a hospital in the Gaza Strip.
In addition to Biden and Abbas, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan were scheduled to take part in Thursday’s summit.
“There is now no point in talking about anything other than ending the war,” Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said as he announced the cancellation of the summit. According to him, the corresponding decision was made after consultations with Palestine, Egypt and the United States.
The White House also confirmed the cancellation of Biden’s trip to Jordan.
Joe Biden has already left the US for the Middle East. He plans to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on October 18 to show support for Washington following the Hamas attack on the country.
At the same time, the US President intends to ask the Israeli leadership “tough questions,” said John Kirby, coordinator for strategic communications at the White House National Security Council, as quoted by Reuters. At the same time, Kirby noted that Biden would ask “as a friend.”
“He will ask some tough questions, he will ask them as a friend, as a true friend of Israel, but he will ask them some questions,” Kirby said.
On the evening of October 17, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that the Israel Defense Forces attacked Al-Ahly Hospital in the Gaza Strip. Al Jazeera, which also cites the Gaza Strip’s Health Ministry, reports that at least 500 people have been killed and hundreds are trapped under rubble. IDF assigned responsibility for the explosion on “Islamic Jihad”: according to the Israeli military, the cause was the unsuccessful launch of a rocket by its militants near a hospital.