Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abd al-Rahman al-Thani has made significant progress in negotiations with Hamas militants regarding the return of hostages taken on October 7. During a joint press conference with the head of the European Union’s foreign policy department, Josep Borrell, he stated that the problems facing them now are minor compared to those that have already been resolved. The politician emphasized that they were discussing practical issues such as logistics.
On November 19, The Washington Post reported that a preliminary exchange agreement had been reached between Israel and Hamas, mediated by Qatar. According to Keren DeYoung, author of the publication, as part of the agreement reached, dozens of women and children abducted by terrorists on October 7 should be released. The article mentions that this is a six-page document providing for the release of 50 or more hostages. However, based on the description of the agreement reached, it is not clear in what order Hamas agrees to release the abducted.