Moscow, Nov 21.- Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) and Israel are close to reaching a truce, declared the leader of the Palestinian movement, Ismail Haniya. The Turkish Foreign Ministry reported, in turn, that the Contact Group on the situation in Gaza will hold talks in Moscow on November 21 with the aim of declaring a ceasefire as soon as possible.
“The movement has transmitted the response to the brothers in Qatar and the mediators, we are getting closer to concluding a truce agreement,” indicates the message on the movement's Telegram channel.
Al-Arabiya television quoted a Hamas spokesman as saying that Qatar, which is acting as a mediator, is expected to reveal details of the deal in the coming hours. A Hamas official, who preferred to remain anonymous, assumed that Qatari mediators “would announce in a matter of hours the details of an agreement with Israel,” indicating progress in the negotiations on the truce and the exchange of detainees between both sides, published the medium on their website.
On November 18, the Washington Post reported that the United States, Israel and Hamas were close to reaching an agreement for a five-day pause in fighting in the Gaza Strip, in exchange for the release of hostages.
In turn, the Contact Group on the situation in Gaza, created after the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Arab League, held in Riyadh, will hold talks in Moscow on November 21, reported from the Ministry of Turkish Foreign Affairs
“The main objective of the contact group is to declare a ceasefire as soon as possible and deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza. Ultimately, it aims to promote a two-state solution within internationally recognized parameters and provide Palestinians with security, stability and prosperity in their own country,” the organization reported.
He highlighted that several visits will be made, particularly to the permanent members of the UN Security Council. In addition, the contact group plans to hold meetings in London and Paris. (Sputnik) (Photo: AP)