.Jerusalem, Israel
Antony Blinken has served in various capacities under two different administrations for two decades. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Blinken met with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders during the two days of talks
  • "We see the ceasefire not as an end, but as a beginning of something to build on", said Blinken
  • 11 day Israel-Gaza violence was halted due to the ceasefire

.Vienna, Austria
Anthony Blinken will attend the fifth round of talks on the nuclear deal at Vienna. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • "Sanctions would need to be lifted if they are inconsistent," said Blinken
  • Donald Trump had walked away from the deal, saying Tehran had violated its "spirit" 
  • The Iranian election is scheduled at June 18

.Reykjavík, Iceland
The two diplomats met at the Arctic Council meeting in Iceland. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • US State department's Blinken said he had "deep concerns" about Russia-Ukraine
  • The meeting stretched for nearly two hours
  • No comments were made about Putin's response to Biden's invite for a summit

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Blinken will attend ministerial meeting of the eight-country Arctic Council on Wednesday and Thursday
  • A meeting between Blinken and his Russian counterpart will be first since Joe Biden took office
  • The Council's final communique has already been approved by the eight ministries

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
US State Department, led by Anthony Blinken, made the statement on Thursday. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • "There has been a marked increase in protests and violence throughout Israel", the statement read
  • The travel advisory level was set to three, where four can be maximum
  • US has also urged citizens to not travel to Gaza due to various reasons

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Anthony Blinken previously serves as the deputy Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • State Department official Hady Amr will travel to Middle East
  • Blinken urged for peace in the Israel-Palestine region
  • US President Joe Biden later defended Israel's right to self defense

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Antony Blinken has served in various capacities under two different administrations for two decades. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Russia has deployed up to 100,000 troops near Ukraine's northern and eastern borders
  • Blinken will meet Ukraine's President and also push for action against corruption
  • Moscow announced on April 23 that it had started withdrawing its forces

.Washington, D.C., DC, USA
US President Joe Biden assumed office on January 20, 2021. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@WhiteHouse)

  • Around 2,500 American troops are currently deployed in Afghanistan
  • So far, around 2,000 American soldiers have died in Afghanistan
  • US troops were deployed in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Protesters from the Uyghur community living in Turkey step on a China's flag during a protest. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • At least one million Uyghurs have been held in camps in China's Xinjiang, according to rights group
  • The authorities are also accused of forcibly sterilising women and imposing forced labor
  • China has announced sanctions against two Americans, a Canadian and a rights advocacy body

China has said it has no room for compromise on internal matters ahead of a diplomatic meeting with the US in Alaska. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • US President Joe Biden had proposed to “build a united front of US allies to confront China's abusive behaviours and human rights violations"
  • Biden has upgraded the Quad from the Foreign Ministers to the Leaders level and held its virtual meeting on March 12
  • China is despatching diplomat Yang Jiechi with Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Anchorage for a “strategic dialogue” with the USA on March 18