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President Biden conveyed a positive outlook on Tuesday regarding the ongoing efforts to secure the release of hostages held by Hamas, suggesting that a resolution might be imminent.
During a White House Meeting, President Biden said, “We are now very close, very close. We could bring some of these hostages home very soon, but I don’t want to get into the details of things, because nothing is done until it’s done. And if we have more to say, we will. But things are looking good at the moment.”
The President highlighted that his administration has been intensely involved in efforts to free the hostages, with top officials actively engaged in the process for weeks. Biden shared that he had recent discussions with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, focusing on the hostage situation. He also mentioned that his team has been actively traveling between various capitals in the region to facilitate negotiations.
The hostage crisis began on October 7 with Hamas’ abduction of about 240 individuals from Israel. Since then, four hostages have been released through negotiations involving Egypt, Qatar, the US, and Israel.
While Biden and his officials remain cautiously optimistic about the ongoing talks, it’s reported that the hostages likely include women and children, with the youngest American hostage being a three-year-old toddler. The exact number of American hostages involved remains unclear.