FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken shake hands as they hold a joint news conference in Jerusalem, May 25, 2021. Menahem Kahana/Pool via REUTERS

 – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday spoke with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, the State Department said.

Blinken spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about expanding Israel’s regional integration and countering threats posed by Iran, the department said in a statement.

In a separate statement, the State Department said Blinken expressed continued concern about ongoing violence in the West Bank when he spoke with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

They also discussed their support for a two-state solution and opposition to actions endangering its viability, the department said.

(Reporting by Jasper Ward; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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