The US and Qatar met to work on the release of the hostages, while Hamas will evaluate its plan with Egypt

Blinken received the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar in Washington amid criticism from Israel (Europa Press/Contact/Chuck Kennedy/US State) (Europa Press/Contact/Chuck Kenn/)

The American National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan met this Tuesday with the Qatari prime minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thanito discuss the current crisis in Loop and efforts to the release of all remaining hostages held by Hamas.

Through a statement, the State Department reported that Sullivan thanked him for “his unwavering efforts in this regard” and urged that “every effort be made to ensure that Hamas achieve the release of the hostages without delay.”

Both “agreed to remain in regular contact until all hostages are reunited with their families,” the brief statement added.

The spokesman for the White House National Security Council, John Kirbystated today that Sullivan also met with several relatives of Americans who are still being held hostage by Hamas.

Several people participate in a protest to demand the release of hostages taken by Hamas terrorists and taken to the Gaza Strip during the October 7 assault, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, January 27, 2024 (AP Photo/ Ariel Schalit)
Several people participate in a protest to demand the release of hostages taken by Hamas terrorists and taken to the Gaza Strip during the October 7 assault, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, January 27, 2024 (AP Photo/ Ariel Schalit) (Ariel Schalit/)

The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenand the Qatari prime minister and mediator in the war Loop They met this Monday and stated that there has been progress towards an agreement between Israel and Hamas for a truce and the release of hostages.

The Qatari president found himself in Washington with the head of American diplomacy a day after having participated in Paris in a meeting with the heads of the Israeli, American and Egyptian intelligence services in search of a pact.

“I think we are in a much better position right now than we were a few weeks ago.”“Al Thani said during a speech at the Atlantic Council think tank after concluding the meeting with Blinken.

Israel and Hamas reached a single agreement truce for a weekbetween November 24 and 30, which stopped the fighting and allowed the exchange of 105 hostages, including foreigners, for the release of 240 Palestinian prisoners; something that has not been repeated since then.

The Palestinian Islamist group is now demanding a permanent ceasefire in exchange for the release of the rest of the hostages, something the Israeli government said it is not willing to accept.

A delegation of Hamas will attend Wednesday Cairo to address the details of the duration of a possible truce and the exchange of Palestinian prisoners for hostages, they informed EFE sources familiar with the conversations.

Hamas delegation will meet with senior Egyptian Intelligence officials to discuss details of “the first phase” of the proposal agreement presented by Qatar, according to Palestinian sources in Cairo who asked not to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter.

According to informants, there is a preliminary agreement on the exchange of hostages for prisoners in several stages and, the first phase, would stipulate the release of 35 civilian captives in the hands of Hamas in exchange for a complete cessation of operations Israel for 45 days.

Furthermore, it includes the release of about 100 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for each hostage released by Hamas, while an increase in the entry of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip is also contemplated.

In the second stage, the women and men soldierswhile the The last phase would include the transfer of the bodies of the hostages who have died during their captivity in the Palestinian enclave, according to the sources.

Negotiations continue for the release of Israeli hostages in Gaza (EUROPA PRESS/ARCHIVE)
Negotiations continue for the release of Israeli hostages in Gaza (EUROPA PRESS/ARCHIVE) (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO/dpa/)

The intelligence chiefs of Israel, the United States and Egypt, as well as the Prime Minister of Qatar, reached a proposal on Monday after meeting in Paris for two days.

This same Tuesday, the head of the political bureau of the Islamist group, Ismail Haniyeh, He stated that the Palestinian movement “is studying” this proposal and that it will respond “soon,” although it demanded “the complete withdrawal of Israeli troops” from the Gaza Strip.

He also confirmed that the Hamas leadership has been invited to El Cario to discuss the draft agreement reached at the Paris meeting, as well as the requirements for its implementation.

The Israeli Government is not willing to stop the wardespite growing pressure from the families of those kidnapped to negotiate an agreement at any price for the release of the 132 hostages remaining inside the Strip, of whom some 28 are believed to be dead.

(With information from EFE)

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