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US seeks to limit its exposure to Middle East crisis

People searching for survivors in the rubble of a building that was bombed in Gaza City, on May 16, 2021.PHOTO: NYTIMES

LONDON - United States President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he wants a ceasefire in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian organisation in Gaza.

But although diplomatic sources in Washington claim that the US is engaged in behind-the-scenes diplomacy, Mr Biden appears determined to limit American involvement in the Middle East, a region he considers as low down the list of his security priorities.

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