CIA chief to hold emergency meeting with Qatari PM as hostage deal said to be ‘near collapse’

CIA chief Bill Burns is traveling to Doha for an emergency meeting with Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed Al-Thani regarding the ongoing negotiations for a hostage release and temporary truce deal, an official briefed on the talks says.

“Burns is on his way to Doha for an emergency meeting with the Qatari prime minister aimed at exerting maximum pressure on Israel and Hamas to continue negotiating,” the source adds.

His visit comes as the talks are “near collapse,” the official adds, after Hamas said its delegation was departing Cairo for Doha, where it will hold further consultations on the terror group’s position on the deal.

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