The American president Joe Biden discussed with the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thanion “the latest developments in Israel and Gaza, including efforts to free the hostages kidnapped by Hamas,” the White House announced today.

The conversation between the two leaders comes as the CIA chief is expected to meet in Europe with his counterparts from Israel and Egypt, as well as Prime Minister of Qatarin hopes of negotiating a ceasefire in Gaza and the release of the hostages, according to several US media outlets.

The US president also spoke with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the White House National Security Council spokesman said. John Kirby.

At the same time, Mr White House expressed hope for progress in talks on the release of hostages held by Hamas, as Joe Biden’s Middle East envoy Brett McGurk is returning to Washington after the hostage talks he had during his trip to the region. However, “there is no imminent” announcement on this matter, he emphasizes.

“We will continue to do everything possible to pave the way for a new deal for the hostages,” Kirby said at the press briefing.

But “we should not expect immediate progress,” he added.