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Beyer Statement On Negotiations For Ceasefire And Release Of Hostages

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today issued the following statement on reported negotiations in Qatar coordinated by American officials for an agreement that would see a temporary ceasefire in Gaza, the release of Israeli hostages, and the delivery of humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians:

“I support negotiations seeking a deal on a ceasefire in exchange for the release of hostages.

“While the immediate goal of these negotiations is to secure the release of hostages and provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance, I believe the next step should be using an initial truce to build a more durable ceasefire to secure the release of all hostages, an end to attacks on Israel, the protection of civilian lives in Gaza, and an end to the appalling loss of life from this conflict.

“Ultimately, a ceasefire should be used to pave the way for negotiations on a new political and security architecture for Gaza that allows Palestinians and Israelis to live in peace, security, and dignity. That is the objective American foreign policy should pursue.”

Beyer previously served as United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein during the Obama Administration.