US, Egypt, Qatar and Israel negotiators agreed on outline of Israel-Hamas prisoner swap deal

Ahram Online , Sunday 25 Feb 2024

The United States, Egypt, Qatar and Israel have agreed in Paris on the “basic outlines” of a prisoners deal for a temporary ceasefire in Gaza, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on CNN on Sunday.

 Jake Sullivan
File Photo: National security adviser Jake Sullivan speaks at the White House. Photo: AFP

 

The deal is still under negotiation, said Sullivan in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash.

He added that Qatar and Egypt will discuss the details with Hamas following the meeting in Paris.

The meeting between the four countries, which kicked off on Friday in Paris, is the latest in a series of international and regional efforts meant to achieve a ceasefire deal in the Gaza Strip before the advent of Ramadan.

According to media reports quoting several Egyptian and unnamed foreign sources, the meeting included the Head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service, Abbas Kamel, Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul-Rahman Al Thani, CIA Director William Burns, Mossad Director David Barnea, and Director of the Israeli Security Agency (Shabak) Ronen Bar.

Sullivan told CNN on Sunday that the US, Israel, Qatar, and Egypt agreed during a meeting in Paris on Friday on an updated framework for a possible deal to release captives held by Hamas in Gaza in return for a temporary ceasefire and the release of Palestinian prisoners.

Sullivan's statements thus lend credence to what Axios reporter Barak Ravid had confirmed on Saturday.

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