Qatar says efforts to renew Gaza truce 'continuing'

AFP , Sunday 10 Dec 2023

Mediation efforts are continuing to secure a new Gaza ceasefire and free more captives despite ongoing Israeli bombardment that is "narrowing the window" for a successful outcome, Qatar's prime minister said Sunday.

Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani attends a news conference about the war on Gaza, Dec. 8, 2023, in Washington. AP


"Our efforts as the state of Qatar along with our partners are continuing. We are not going to give up," Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani told the Doha Forum, adding that "the continuation of the bombardment is just narrowing this window for us".

Qatar was a key mediator in negotiations that resulted in a seven-day truce, which saw scores of Israeli captives exchanged for Palestinian prisoners and humanitarian aid until it ended at the start of the month.

"We are going to continue, we are committed to having captives released, but we are also committed to stopping the war," Qatar's prime minister said.

But, he added, "we are not seeing the same willingness from both parties".

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