Price said in a press conference that the US administration continues to talk with the Israeli and Palestinian sides and the countries of the region “to avoid escalation between the Palestinians and the Israelis,” calling on the two sides not to take measures that inflame the situation and re-run violence.
He added that by granting aid to the Palestinians, “we do not want to enable Hamas to return to fueling violence,” stressing that “our goal is for Palestinians and Israelis to enjoy the same degree of freedom, peace, prosperity and dignity.”
He affirmed the administration’s commitment to reopening the US Consulate in Jerusalem.
Regarding the situation in Syria, while awaiting a Security Council resolution regarding the delivery of aid through the Syrian ports to thousands of people in need, Price said: “It is critical that the Council do the right thing and renew the humanitarian aid crossing points.”
On the situation in Lebanon, he said: “We are very involved in Lebanon and Ambassador David Hale has been there for weeks and we are seeking to send humanitarian aid.”
Regarding the International Atomic Energy Agency’s announcement that Iran has not yet provided it with the information it needs regarding its potential undeclared nuclear materials, he said, “We are very concerned that Iran has not yet given answers to the agency, and we call on it to do so immediately.”