UK hosts Arab ministers as ‘crucial’ hostage deal struck

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British Foreign Secretary David Cameron (front row C) stands with Islamic and Arab colleagues.

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron (entrance row C) stands with Islamic and Arab colleagues.

LONDON – United Kingdom Foreign Secretary David Cameron met with Arab and Islamic counterparts on Wednesday to debate safe the discharge of the remaining hostages held by Hamas and enhance help to Gaza.

Cameron beforehand welcomed a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas that allowed the discharge of a minimum of 50 hostages and scores of Palestinian prisoners, whereas providing besieged Gaza residents a four-day respite.

“This settlement is a vital step in the direction of offering reduction to the households of the hostages and addressing the humanitarian disaster in Gaza,” Cameron stated in an announcement.

He later hosted overseas ministers from Arab nations and different nations belonging to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in London to debate cooperation on the continuing battle.

The talks “targeted on safe the discharge of all hostages, enhance the quantity of help into Gaza, and discover a long-term political answer to the disaster”, in line with a UK authorities press launch.

The ministers mentioned efforts to “revive” diplomatic efforts in the direction of a two-state answer.

“We mentioned use this step ahead to consider the longer term and the way we are able to construct a peaceable future that gives safety for Israel but additionally peace and stability for the Palestinian individuals,” Cameron stated.

The occasion was attended by overseas ministers from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Turkey, Indonesia and Nigeria, as effectively as the Secretary General of the League of Arab States and the ambassador of Qatar.

The delegation is visiting the capitals of the everlasting members of the UN Security Council, arriving in London after conferences in Beijing and Moscow, and additional journeys are deliberate to Paris and Washington.

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