The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller:
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong today regarding their trips to the Middle East. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Wong emphasized the importance of humanitarian aid reaching those in need in Gaza. The leaders also stressed the need to protect civilian lives in Gaza and called for Hamas to immediately release all hostages. The Secretary underscored the importance of protecting the flow of goods and holding the Houthis accountable for their reckless attacks on vessels in the Red Sea.