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The United States has reportedly pressured Qatar to expel Hamas leaders from Doha as part of a broader strategy to resolve the current hostage crisis and facilitate a ceasefire in Gaza. 

This development follows discussions last month where US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Qatar’s Prime Minister Mohammed Al-Thani to take decisive action if Hamas continues to reject hostage deal proposals. These proposals are part of an international effort involving Egypt, Qatar, and the US to secure the release of Israeli hostages and establish a temporary ceasefire.

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Earlier in the year, during a private meeting with Blinken, Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani proposed expelling Hamas leaders. Although Blinken at the time did not directly respond to this proposal, he emphasized the importance of Qatar using its established connections with Hamas to aid in mediation rather than severing ties abruptly.

Despite these diplomatic efforts, the situation remains complex. Many Hamas leaders have their families residing in Turkey, which has also faced criticism for hosting them. However, Turkey’s involvement and Qatar’s continued mediation have been essential in maintaining dialogue. 

Qatar has faced both criticism and pressure over its role but remains committed to its mediation efforts.


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