White House says US ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Gaza hostage talks

WASHINGTON — The United States is “cautiously optimistic” about Gaza hostage-for-ceasefire talks, White House national security spokesperson John Kirby tells CNN, adding that gaps between the two sides can be narrowed.

“We are cautiously optimistic that things are moving in a good direction,” Kirby says when asked if a ceasefire deal was close.

“There are still gaps remaining between the two sides. We believe those gaps can be narrowed, and that’s what Brett McGurk and CIA Director Bill Burns are trying to do right now,” he adds.

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