3/16, 5:46 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Blinken plans to visit Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel - report

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken is planning to visit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and the West Bank territory later in March, Axios reported on Wednesday, citing five unnamed sources from the US, Israel and Palestine.

The talks to arrange the trip, Blinken's first as US top diplomat to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, have reportedly been going on for over a week. The meetings are expected to help Washington push the Gulf countries to increase oil production, regardless of the somewhat strained relationship between them, according to the report.

It was reported earlier this week that Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited to visit Riyadh this spring.

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