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Al-Ansari: If Israel stops the war, we may reach an agreement within days

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Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman Majid Al-Ansari said on Tuesday that “if the Israelis give up their insistence on continuing the war (in Gaza), an agreement (on the Gaza truce) can be reached within days.”

During the weekly media briefing of the Qatari Foreign Ministry, Al-Ansari stressed that the State of Qatar is continuing its efforts with the sisterly Arab countries and the United States, in trying to reach an agreement regarding the war in Gaza.

Earlier on Tuesday, Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani said that the ceasefire talks in Gaza were in a state of stagnation and that the Rafah process had taken things back.

He added during a speech before the Doha Economic Forum – which started on Tuesday morning – that Qatar will continue to mediate between Israel and Hamas, but the Israeli side lacks clarity regarding reaching a ceasefire and the situation in Gaza following any possible agreement.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani warned that there were risks of the conflict spreading in the region. He said that the Israeli military operation in the city of Rafah had delayed the truce negotiations with Hamas, stressing that mediation efforts were continuing despite faltering.

The Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister expressed his belief that the best way to conclude an agreement that would put an end to the war in Gaza is to cease fire, stop the killings, put an end to the atrocities committed in the Strip, and also negotiate the release of Israeli prisoners in Gaza.

He added, “I believe that if this is achieved, then we can reach an agreement within days, but as I mentioned previously, there is no clarity from the Israeli side, and I do not think it has such an option.”