Blair lauds Gaza ceasefire agreement

Quartet representative to the Middle East Tony Blair reacts to the Israel-Hamas ceasefire agreement which went into effect earlier this evening, saying he welcomes the deal and congratulates Egypt on mediating the negotiations successfully.

“The Quartet will now concentrate on a long-term plan for Gaza and for its reconstruction, including the effective and efficient re-opening and re-connection to the outside world under the authority of the PA Government,” he says. “Such a plan will enable a proper and decent life for the people of Gaza, as well as protect the security of the people of Israel.”

“It is only tragic that such a ceasefire has come too late to save the lives of so many innocent people.”

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