As the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza reaches a critical juncture, the recent actions and statements of key players have intensified the urgency for a diplomatic solution.
The Qatari Foreign Minister has said that mediation efforts between Israel and Hamas are underway, with “good progress” being made in the past few days.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, also the Prime Minister of Qatar, made the remarks during a joint press conference in Qatar’s capital Doha with Josep Borrell, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, according to statements published by the Qatari Foreign Ministry on social media platform X.
The statements said in their meeting on Sunday, the Qatari Minister and the EU official discussed ways of cooperation between Qatar and the EU to reach a lasting and peaceful solution to the Gaza crisis in political and humanitarian dimensions, Xinhua news agency reported.
During the meeting, Al Thani affirmed that “our top priority is to achieve an immediate cease-fire and end all reprisal operations and indiscriminate attacks on the Gaza Strip,” the statements added.
The Minister also stressed that “(what is) most important is to see humanitarian aid and assistance flowing into Gaza,” expressing hope that a deal would be reached in this regard as soon as possible to facilitate it.
Since the Israel-Hamas conflict erupted on October 7, Qatar has been making efforts to mediate between the warring parties, secure the release of hostages held by Hamas, and de-escalate the situation in Gaza.