'Negotiations for exchange deal at impasse,' says Qatar


Published: 2024-05-14 11:11

Last Updated: 2024-06-18 22:16

Displaced tents in Deir al Balah, Gaza
Displaced tents in Deir al Balah, Gaza

Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed Al Thani announced Tuesday the deadlock in the exchange negotiations between Hamas and the Israeli Occuaption Forces (IOF).

He explained that ceasefire talks had reached a standstill, and the Rafah operation had set back progress.

In related news, the minister highlighted that the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip would require between $40 to $50 billion.

The Qatari minister also mentioned significant risks of the war spreading in the region, emphasizing the necessity to cease fire in Gaza and end the atrocities committed against Palestinians.

He confirmed the lack of clarity from the "Israeli" side on how to stop the war but reiterated that Qatar would continue to work and pressure for a ceasefire agreement.

Regarding Qatar's role as a mediator, the minister clarified that they did not wish to exploit their position, stressing that their role was strictly mediation.

He indicated that there was no room for speculation about the future of Hamas in Qatar, affirming that the focus remained on the current mediation, stopping the war, and recovering detainees.

The minister concluded his statements by saying that discussing the reconstruction of Gaza at this time was premature.

These statements came amid ongoing tensions in the region and international efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the war.