Qatar says it is 'optimistic' about Israel-Hamas talks

A Qatari foreign ministry spokesperson has told NHK that he welcomes the resumption of cease-fire talks between Israel and Hamas. He said he hopes for an agreement, but that the situation remains "very fluid."

In an interview in Doha, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Majed Al-Ansari acknowledged that negotiations would resume in the Qatari capital on Monday. Qatar is serving as a mediator between Israel and Hamas.

Ansari said Qatar is "very optimistic" about the resumption of high-level talks between the two sides.

Ansari stressed that an immediate pause in fighting is needed to improve the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.
He said he hopes negotiations will help get the two sides closer to a deal, in order to remove the dangers to hostages and to avoid bloodshed on the Palestinian side.

Ansari said he hopes that negotiators can get an agreement. But he added that the situation is still "very fluid, very difficult."

Ansari called for the international community to understand the difficult situation and push both sides closer to an agreement.