Qatar, Egypt plan talks with Hamas on Gaza ceasefire: White House

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Qatar, Egypt plan talks with Hamas on Gaza ceasefire: White House

WASHINGTON, JUN 16: Mediators aim to engage Palestinian group for pushing ahead with President Biden’s Gaza ceasefire proposal. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Saturday that mediators for Qatar and Egypt plan to engage Hamas soon to see if there is a way to push ahead with a Gaza ceasefire proposal offered by US President Joe Biden.

Sullivan spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a Ukraine peace summit and was asked about diplomatic efforts to get an agreement for Hamas to release some hostages held since Oct 7 in exchange for a ceasefire lasting at least six weeks.

Sullivan said he had spoken briefly to one of the main interlocutors, Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, and that they would speak again about Gaza on Sunday while both are in Switzerland for the Ukraine conference.