Qatar PM: 'Good progress' in Israel, Hamas negotiations

Qatar's prime minister has said that progress is being made in negotiations between Israel and Hamas for a ceasefire and the release of hostages.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, who also serves as foreign minister, spoke at an event in Washington on Monday.

Qatar is mediating the talks between Israel and Hamas.

The prime minister referred to the negotiations with representatives of relevant parties in Europe. He said he thinks good progress has been made to get things back in shape and to at least lay a foundation for the way forward.

He said they hope to "relay this proposal to Hamas and to get them to a place where they engage positively and constructively in the process." He said "that will be the only way to get the situation de-escalated."

The prime minister expressed concern about a drone attack on an American military base in Jordan, which killed three US service members.

He said, "I hope that nothing would undermine the efforts that we are doing or jeopardize that process." He added that "one way or another, it will have an impact on the regional security."