The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller:
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna yesterday. Secretary Blinken called for the immediate end of illegal attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea by the Iranian-backed Houthis and the release of unlawfully detained vessels and crews. The two discussed the importance of measures to prevent the conflict in Gaza from expanding, including affirmative steps to de-escalate tensions in the West Bank and to avoid escalation in Lebanon and Iran. They underscored the importance of minimizing civilian casualties in Gaza. In addition, Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Colonna reaffirmed the urgency of international coordination to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches Palestinian civilians in Gaza.