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Updated January 30th, 2024 at 05:04 IST

Framework for Possible Ceasefire and Hostage Release Presented to Hamas Leadership

Qatar's Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, revealed the positive development after talks in Paris on Monday

Reported by: Sagar Kar
Israel
Representative image. | Image:AP
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A potential breakthrough in the ongoing negotiations for a ceasefire and the release of hostages held in Gaza has emerged as officials from the U.S., Qatar, Egypt, and Israel presented a framework for a deal to the leadership of Hamas. Qatar's Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, revealed the positive development after talks in Paris on Monday, expressing optimism about the current state of negotiations.

"We are in a better place than we were a few weeks ago," Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani stated during a press conference following the discussions, as per a report from The Guardian.

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White House says a deal is not imminent 

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also voiced hope, indicating that the talks are "moving in a good direction." However, the White House clarified that, while the U.S. believes the negotiations are progressing positively, there is no imminent deal at this stage.

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The dynamics of the negotiations involve a delicate balance of demands and expectations. Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine have reiterated their stance that Israel must halt its offensive and withdraw from Gaza before any prisoner exchange takes place. In contrast, Israel remains opposed to a permanent ceasefire and aims to retain the right to recommence hostilities against Hamas—a condition the Hamas leadership seeks to rule out.

Taher al-Nunu, a senior Hamas official, emphasized the group's desire for a "complete and comprehensive ceasefire" in Gaza. The differing positions underscore the complexity of the negotiations, but the presentation of a framework suggests a step forward in the pursuit of a resolution.

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As international attention remains focused on the developments in these talks, the hope for a ceasefire and the release of hostages signals a potential turning point in the longstanding conflict between Israel and Gaza.

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Published January 30th, 2024 at 05:04 IST

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