5 Key Lessons from Grant Shapps’ Talks with Jake Sullivan: When UK Defense Secretary Grant Shapps and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met not long ago, they talked about how to keep things from getting worse in the Middle East. The meeting behind closed doors discussed many topics related to working together between the US and UK, mainly the Houthi attacks on commercial and naval ships passing through the Red Sea that are backed by Iran.
The UK’s Ministry of Defense said that since the middle of November, the Houthis have attacked over 30 foreign ships. This makes people worry about the safety of the seas in the area.
5 Key Lessons from Grant Shapps’ Talks with Jake Sullivan
1. Fighting Back Against Houthi Attacks: Both officials talked about ongoing efforts to protect against Houthi attacks backed by Iran, stressing the need for joint actions to keep ships safe in the Red Sea.
2. Backing for Israel: Shapps and Sullivan talked about how they both back Israel as it fights Hamas. As part of the discussion, the ongoing humanitarian situation in Gaza was also brought up, with a focus on sending more life-saving aid.
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3. Pulling Funds from UNRWA: It was noted that several countries, including the US and UK, had recently stopped giving money to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). This choice was made after sources said staff members were involved in attacks in Hamas on October 7.
4. Strategic Diplomacy: The meeting emphasized how important strategic diplomacy is for dealing with problems in the area, especially in the Middle East. The goal of the talks was to make it easier for the US and UK to work together on tough geopolitical problems.
5. Upcoming Talks with China: The White House said that the US and China will hold counter-narcotics talks in Beijing. This comes after Sullivan met with Wang Yi, the foreign minister of China, in Bangkok. The talks are part of larger attempts to make things better between the two countries.
The meeting emphasized how important it is for countries to work together to solve difficult problems in the Middle East and beyond. This shows how complicated global politics are still.