Published: 2024-02-01 09:18
Last Updated: 2024-02-25 17:49
The Spokesperson for the United States National Security Council, John Kirby, stated that the US National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, discussed the issues of humanitarian aid and captives in the Gaza Strip with the “Israeli” Minister of Strategic Affairs, Ron Dermer, on Wednesday.
Kirby affirmed that the United States is seeking a long-term ceasefire in Gaza, emphasizing that the goal of the extended truce is to release the maximum number of captives, and that discussions on this matter are ongoing.
The talks were “constructive and heading in the right direction,” according to Kirby.
Regarding Iran, Kirby stated that the United States is not seeking another war with Iran nor it is seeking to escalate. “We will respond. We'll do that on our schedule…we will absolutely do what is required to protect ourselves,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Israeli Occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that his government is making every effort to retrieve the captives currently held in the Gaza Strip.
Netanyahu, during a meeting with representatives of the captives' families, added that maintaining secrecy about the efforts to retrieve the captives increases the chances of success.
According to Hebrew channel 12, Netanyahu informed the families of prisoners and captives that he would proceed with a prisoner exchange deal even if it led to the collapse of his government.