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White House clarifies Joe Biden's remarks on IMEC and Hamas Attack as 'misunderstood'

White House clarifies Biden's remarks on India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor and Hamas attacks.

US National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 26, 2023. REUTERS/Ken Cedeno (REUTERS)Premium
US National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 26, 2023. REUTERS/Ken Cedeno (REUTERS)

The White House has clarified that there is a misunderstanding of President Joe Biden's remarks regarding the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC) and the Hamas attacks.

They also suggested that the normalization of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia might have influenced Hamas to carry out those attacks.

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White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesperson John Kirby responded to a question concerning Biden's suggestion that one of the factors contributing to Hamas' October 7 attack on Israel was the recent announcement of the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor, which aims to connect the entire region through a network of railways, roads, and ports, ANI reported.

Also Read: 'My instinct tells me' Joe Biden says progress on economic corridor as factor in Hamas' attack on Israel

Kirby said, “I think you misunderstood him. What he said was that he believed that the normalization process and the agreement that we were trying to reach between Israel and Saudi Arabia for normalization, which we believe is an important stepping stone to getting to a two-state solution, was what may have motivated Hamas to conduct those attacks."

“I think you misunderstood what he actually said," he added.

Earlier, in a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, President Biden mentioned that his evaluation is grounded in his instincts and doesn't rely on substantial evidence.

“I'm convinced one of the reasons Hamas attacked when they did, and I have no proof of this, just my instinct tells me, is because of the progress we were making towards regional integration for Israel, and regional integration overall. We can’t leave that work behind," Biden said.

Biden had mentioned the IMEEC as a potential motive for the recent Hamas terrorist attack for the second time in less than a week. The corridor comprises an eastern corridor connecting India to the Gulf region and a northern corridor connecting the Gulf region to Europe.

Meanwhile, US forces launched strikes against two locations in eastern Syria that are utilised by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and organisations it supports, The Associated Press (AP) quoted the Pentagon as stating.

Also Read: US launches ‘self-defence’ strikes against Iran-linked targets in Syria in retaliation for assaults against US forces

Since October 17, there have been at least 12 strikes on American sites and troops in Iraq and four in Syria, according to the Pentagon. According to Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, two of those assaults that targeted al-Tanf Garrison in Syria and al-Asad Airbase in Iraq using drones resulted in the injuries of twenty-one US servicemen.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 27 Oct 2023, 01:04 PM IST
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