Blinken calls ICC's arrest warrants for Netanyahu 'shameful'

Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State

© APA | Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State

# 20 May 2024 21:50 (UTC +04:00)

US President Joe Biden has condemned the International Criminal Court's request for an arrest warrant against Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu as "outrageous", APA reports citing BBC.

The ICC is seeking warrants for the Israeli prime minister as well as Hamas's leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, for war crimes.

The ICC's chief prosecutor said there were reasonable grounds to believe that both men bore criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

On Monday, Mr Biden said there was "no equivalence - none - between Israel and Hamas".

"The ICC prosecutor’s application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders is outrageous," he said.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken echoed the president's condemnation, saying Washington "fundamentally rejects" the move. "It is shameful," he said. "[The] ICC has no jurisdiction over this matter."

Mr Blinken also suggested the request for arrest warrants would jeopardise ongoing efforts to reach a ceasefire deal.

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