Egypt says Sissi, Burns discussed efforts to secure hostage-truce deal

Demonstrators protest for the release of Israelis held hostage in the Gaza Strip, outside Hakirya Base in Tel Aviv, July 7, 2024. (Itai Ron/Flash90)
Demonstrators protest for the release of Israelis held hostage in the Gaza Strip, outside Hakirya Base in Tel Aviv, July 7, 2024. (Itai Ron/Flash90)

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and US CIA Director William Burns discussed efforts to reach a ceasefire and hostage deal in the war between Israel and the Hamas terror group, the Egyptian presidency says.

“The president affirmed the Egyptian position rejecting the continuation of military operations in the Gaza Strip,” the Egyptian presidency says in a statement.

Senior US officials are in the region to push for a ceasefire and hostage deal, but Hamas has said a new Israeli military operation threatened the talks at a crucial moment, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced “nonnegotiables” ahead of the discussions.

An Egyptian security delegation will head to Doha tomorrow “on a mission to bring viewpoints closer between Hamas and Israel in order to reach a truce agreement as soon as possible,” Egypt’s state-affiliated Al-Qahera News cites a senior source as saying.

Egypt and Qatar have been leading mediating efforts in the nine-month war between Israel and Hamas in hopes of ending the fighting and securing the release of Israeli hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners.

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