US President Joe Biden’s scheduled meeting with Arab leaders in Jordon has been called off following the hospital bombing in Gaza.
The announcement was made by Jordan Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, who said that Jordan’s King Abdullah, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have cancelled their meeting with Biden in view of the Gaza hospital attack.
Biden is expected to land in Israel on Wednesday to express solidarity with the Jewish state amid their war against Hamas following the October 7 attack in which more than 1,300 people, including US citizens, were killed.
Biden was also to meet Arab leaders as a balancing act. But the explosion at the hospital that left over 500 dead ruined the US President’s plans.
Nearly 500 people, including children, are feared dead after a hospital in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip was bombed. While Hamas has accused Israel of bombing the hospital, Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has blamed Hamas for the deadly attack.