The US and Qatar talk about progress in negotiations on the release of Hamas hostages: what is known
The United States of America said that there are some results in the negotiations on the release of hostages taken by Hamas terrorists during the attack on Israel. The number of disagreements has decreased.
And the negotiations themselves "have reached a very sensitive stage." This was stated by Deputy National Security Advisor John Feiner on November 19, ABC News reported.
According to the American official, Washington has been monitoring the situation with the prisoners "every minute for several weeks now." This is a top priority for White House President Joe Biden and his administration.
According to Mr. Feiner, progress in the negotiations was made just this weekend. He clarified that the negotiation process is not complete, but the list of some controversial issues has been significantly reduced.
As for the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, according to the White House official, it would not be the right decision, as Hamas intends to continue its attacks on Israel.
At the same time, Qatar's Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani on Sunday, November 19, also noted that the process of releasing hostages has moved forward, Politico reports.
He personally discussed this issue with the top diplomat of the European Union, Josep Borrell. As you know, Qatar previously mediated the negotiations that resulted in the release of four people - two Israeli citizens and two citizens of the United States of America.
According to the prime minister, there are still minor practical issues regarding the release of the remaining hostages.
The Israeli military says that Hamas is currently holding 224 people hostage.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, Biden said earlier that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and Hamas terrorists have one common goal. They seek to wipe out neighboring democracies - Ukraine and Israel, respectively.