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The White House announced that President Biden engaged in discussions with key Middle Eastern leaders following the US’s successful mediation of a temporary ceasefire and hostage release deal between Israel and Hamas.
Biden’s conversations included Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. These talks focused on the landmark hostage agreement facilitated by the US.
The collaborative efforts of Qatar, Egypt, and Israel were pivotal in securing the release of 50 women and children taken hostage by Hamas. Under the deal, both Israel and Hamas have consented to a four-day ceasefire, providing a window for the transfer of hostages and the entry of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip. The ceasefire, termed a “humanitarian pause,” may be extended if Hamas agrees to release additional hostages.
This resolution follows intensive diplomatic efforts, with the US constantly communicating with the involved parties. The White House has resisted calls for a broad ceasefire in Gaza, focusing instead on targeted humanitarian pauses to facilitate aid delivery and safe passage for hostages and civilians.