Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Call With Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant

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Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder provided the following readout:
 
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant today to discuss the ongoing hostage negotiations, humanitarian assistance efforts, and Rafah. Secretary Austin reaffirmed his commitment to the unconditional return of all hostages and conveyed the importance of increasing the flow of humanitarian assistance into Gaza to flood the zone, while ensuring the safety of civilians and aid workers. The Secretary also stressed the need for any potential Israeli military operation in Rafah to include a credible plan to evacuate Palestinian civilians and maintain the flow of humanitarian aid.
 
Secretary Austin reiterated the United States’ commitment to supporting Israel’s defense.

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