Top Biden aide meets with ambassadors of 17 countries with citizens being held by Hamas

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington on May 13, 2024. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington on May 13, 2024. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan held a meeting yesterday with ambassadors from 17 countries with citizens taken hostage by Hamas, the White House says.

The countries represented were Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

“The group discussed their collective call for Hamas to immediately release the hostages and ways to bring an end to the crisis,” a White House readout says.

Sullivan also relayed that US President Joe Biden continues engaging with the leaders of Israel, Qatar and Egypt to try and secure a ceasefire and hostage deal.

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