The deal to release hostages kidnapped by Hamas during its terrorist attack on Israel now only depends on “minor” practical issues, said the Qatari Prime Minister on Sunday.
His comments came after the White House denied any agreement between Israel and Hamas after it was claimed by the Washington Post that Hamas was close to agreeing to release 50 hostages in return for five-days of cease-fire from Israel. Israeli Prime Minister has also denied that a deal had been reached.
Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani stated, “The challenges facing the agreement are just practical and logistical,” at a press conference in Doha, which was also attended by EU’s foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell.
He added that throughout the last few weeks, there have been ups and downs in the negotiations, however, he is confident that both parties are close enough to strike a deal which can bring their people back home safely.
The Biden administration that Washington has been working hard to strike a deal between Hamas and Israel. “We have not reached a deal yet, but we continue to work hard to get to a deal,” National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson posted on social media.
We have not reached a deal yet, but we continue to work hard to get to a deal. https://t.co/rbSqcqfaKo
— Adrienne Watson (@NSC_Spox) November 19, 2023