Prime Minister of Qatar: The ceasefire negotiations in Gaza are in a state of stagnation

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Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani said that the ceasefire talks in the Gaza Strip are in a state of stalemate and that the Israeli military operation in Rafah has set things back.

He added during his speech at the Doha Economic Forum, which was launched in Doha on Tuesday morning, that Qatar will continue to mediate between Israel and the Islamic Resistance Movement (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 are risks of the conflict spreading in the region. He said that the Israeli military operation in the city of Rafah delayed the truce negotiations with Hamas, stressing that mediation efforts are continuing despite faltering.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani 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.”

The Qatari Prime Minister said: “Unfortunately, there is a kind of stereotyping such that whenever we talk about an agreement and a possible ceasefire, there are many Israeli politicians who take us back by talking about the army remaining in Gaza and continuing the war, and therefore there is no clarity about what the situation will be like in Gaza.” after that”.

He explained that talking about the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip is premature, noting that reconstruction requires 40 to 50 billion dollars.

Al-Ansari: Our mediation continues

In a related context, Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman Majid Al-Ansari said that Qatar will not accept that its position in mediation be misused, stressing that it will continue to mediate to stop the war on the Gaza Strip.

Al-Ansari said during a press conference on the sidelines of the Doha Economic Forum on Tuesday: “Our mediation is continuing and we are working to evaluate it. We will not accept being exploited by any party.”

He explained that the Israeli side does not have a road map to end the war, and added: “We emphasized continuing our role in the negotiations as long as there is an opportunity to reach an agreement.”

He also stressed that the negotiations are now in a state of stagnation and that the mediators are trying to bridge the gap between the parties. He added: “We are continuing with our brothers in the region and Washington in trying to move the stagnant waters in mediation.”

Al-Ansari reiterated Qatar’s condemnation of the ongoing attacks on humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, and demanded that aid be allowed to enter the Strip’s residents without any restrictions.