Blinken discusses vision for Gaza with NHK

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to NHK shortly after the meeting of the Group of Seven foreign ministers in Tokyo. He stressed the importance of finding a sustainable future for Gaza.

"There's the immediate post-conflict future which goes to Gaza itself and we believe that there are certain basic ideas and principles that we need to be clear about. We can't have Hamas governing Gaza, because that simply invites a repeat of October 7th. We also can't have an Israeli reoccupation of Gaza. It can't be used as a platform by anyone to launch terrorist attacks. The Palestinian people cannot be displaced from Gaza. And ultimately there needs to be governance that joins the West Bank and Gaza. "

He also said the G7 communique makes it clear that the group fully supports humanitarian pauses.

On China, Blinken reiterated the importance of maintaining clear communication.

"It's very important that we have these leader-to-leader discussions, conversations to look at areas where the United States and China and others can cooperate, as well as how we can deal with our very real differences, but to do so in a responsible way."