Qatar's Prime Minister: Positive Hamas Response to Israel Truce Offer
Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani revealed in discussions with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Hamas has demonstrated a predominantly positive stance towards a potential truce arrangement with Israel, as reported by Al Jazeera. The Qatari PM emphasized this during a joint press conference with Blinken, underscoring Hamas' willingness for a cessation of hostilities with Israel while reiterating its demand for an immediate halt to the Israeli offensive in Gaza.
Amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, Blinken disclosed that Hamas' response to the proposed peace plan mediated by Qatar, Egypt, and the United States had been communicated to Israeli authorities. Blinken, on a diplomatic tour of the Middle East, stated his intention to discuss Hamas' reaction with Israeli officials during his visit to the nation scheduled for Wednesday. He emphasized the crucial nature of reaching an agreement, emphasizing its necessity for restoring peace to the region.
According to Al Jazeera, Hamas issued a statement indicating that its leadership had evaluated the "comprehensive ceasefire proposal" with a positive outlook. The proposal encompassed various aspects, including humanitarian relief, reconstruction efforts, the lifting of the longstanding blockade on Gaza, and the progression of a prisoner exchange program. Qatar has been actively engaged in negotiations, collaborating with the US and Egypt to broker a long-term ceasefire and secure the release of Hamas hostages.
Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani acknowledged the challenges encountered during the negotiation process, underscoring the significant impact of developments on the ground in Gaza on the progress of the talks. He expressed...