Hostage talks between Israel and Hamas to be held next week, source says

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Negotiations between Israel and Hamas to reach an agreement on the release of Israeli hostages held in the Gaza Strip are expected to resume next week, an official close to the matter said on Saturday.

The decision to resume talks, said the source – who requested anonymity given the sensitivity of the subject – came after a meeting between the head of Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad, the head of the CIA and the Prime Minister of Qatar, who plays the role of mediator.

“At the end of the meeting, it was decided that negotiations would open next week on the basis of new proposals led by the mediators, Egypt and Qatar, and with the active participation of the United States,” the source said.

(Reporting Dan Williams; French version Elizabeth Pineau)


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