G7 foreign ministers urge Hamas to free all hostages, back further pause in fighting

WASHINGTON — The G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the US as well as the High Representative of the European Union are calling for the unconditional release of all hostages held by Hamas and the facilitated departure of foreign nationals from Gaza, according to a statement released by the US State Department.

The G7 also says it supports the further extension of the current pause in fighting.

“We remain steadfast in our commitment to work with all partners in the region to prevent the conflict from escalating further,” the statement says.

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