Qatari Foreign Ministry reveals progress in prisoner exchange mediation


Published: 2024-02-27 14:30

Last Updated: 2024-04-16 06:05

The spokesperson of the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Majed Al-Ansari
The spokesperson of the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Majed Al-Ansari

The spokesperson of the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Majed Al-Ansari, disclosed on Tuesday that there have been significant developments within the mediation efforts aimed at reaching a prisoner exchange deal.

"There are many developments that have taken place within the framework of mediation efforts and are continuing at various levels regarding mediation and we have nothing new to announce," stated Al-Ansari.

He emphasized that regular meetings are being conducted among all parties involved to reach an agreement, expressing hope for achieving this before the onset of Ramadan.

Al-Ansari also highlighted a decrease in the delivery of aid to the Gaza Strip, urging the international community to intervene more assertively.

Doha has informed Tel Aviv that senior Hamas officials are dissatisfied with the framework established for the hostage deal. The mediators conveyed that there is a considerable gap between the proposal and Hamas's demands, according to the Axios website, citing Qatari mediators. 

The website noted the challenge of reaching a ceasefire agreement before Ramadan at this stage.

Meanwhile, Hamas leader Osama Hamdan remarked that the leaking of details from the Paris document aims to pressure and exhaust Palestinians. He noted that the Israeli Occupation rejected the agreement drafted by the United States, considering it as a tactic to buy time for Netanyahu to prepare for further aggression.

Hamdan criticized the American draft for prioritizing "Israel's" image, asserting that stopping the aggression, ending the blockade, delivering aid, and prisoner exchange are the primary concerns.

He accused the Israeli Occupation of evading commitments and dismissed the promotion of the draft agreement as propaganda that does not align with Hamas's goals.

Hamdan also condemned US President Biden for political hypocrisy and complicity in the killing of Palestinians.

A senior official involved in the Gaza ceasefire talks informed Reuters that Hamas received a proposal from Paris for an initial 40-day halt to all military operations.

The Paris proposal includes provisions for daily aid truck entries into Gaza, provision of tents and caravans, and repair of bakeries and hospitals.

It also stipulates the exchange of Palestinian prisoners and captives at a ratio of 10 to one, as well as the release of all "Israeli" captives, including women, children under 19, and the elderly, in exchange for the release of a number of Palestinian prisoners.

The Paris proposal allows for the gradual return of displaced civilians to northern Gaza, with the exception of males of military service age, according to Reuters.

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