Qatari PM tells Blinken he hopes Gaza ceasefire proposal will be received positively

Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani says that mediators hope all parties will deal positively with the principles of a Gaza ceasefire proposal that US President Joe Biden laid out on Friday.

Al Thani made the remarks during a phone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Qatar’s state news agency says.

The principles in the ceasefire proposal “include the withdrawal of Israeli forces from all populated areas in Gaza, the release of detainees including women, the elderly, and the wounded in exchange for the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners and the entry of aid into the strip,” Al Thani adds.

Al Thani, who is also Qatar’s foreign minister, said in April the Gulf state was re-evaluating its role as mediator, citing concerns that its efforts were being undermined by politicians seeking to score points.

Qatar has faced criticism from within the United States and Israel over its ties to Hamas since October 7, as much of the terror group’s senior leadership resides in Doha.

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