Biden: Hamas is still the ‘biggest hang-up’ to reaching a truce-hostage deal

US President Joe Biden speaks on the sidelines of the G7 Summit hosted by Italy in Apulia region, on June 13, 2024 in Savelletri. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
US President Joe Biden speaks on the sidelines of the G7 Summit hosted by Italy in Apulia region, on June 13, 2024 in Savelletri. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)

US President Joe Biden says that “the biggest hang-up so far” to a deal on a Gaza truce and hostage release is Hamas.

“I’ve laid out an approach that has been endorsed by the UN Security Council, by the G7, by the Israelis, and the biggest hang-up so far is Hamas refusing to sign on even though they have submitted something similar,” he tells reporters at a G7 summit.

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