Blair met Hamas leader to talk end of Gaza siege

Bilateral discussion reportedly occured in Doha to discuss ways to end the siege, including the possibility of a rolling ceasefire.

Blair met Hamas leader to talk end of Gaza siege

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Tony Blair met Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Hamas, twice in Doha to negotiate a plan to end the eight-year-long siege of Gaza, website Middle East Eye has reported.

Blair met Meshaal before his resignation as Middle East envoy for the Quartet in May, but dialogue with him and his officials is still continuing, MEE understands.

Blair, accompanied by other former British officials, discussed how to end the siege of Gaza. The core issues are a ceasefire, which could be a rolling one, in exchange for Gaza securing a sea port and possibly an airport. The terms of the ceasefire, and its duration, as well as other details of the agreement are yet to be specified.

It was reported that they discussed ways to end the Gaza siege, including the possibility of a rolling ceasefire, and that Blair's negotiations were being supported by the UK, the United States and the European Union. Two Arab states and Israel were also reportedly aware of the discussions.

Though Blair has stepped down from his post with the Quartet, the discussions are reportedly continuing.

Neither the recognition of Israel, nor the decommissioning of Hamas' arsenal, would be a requirement for any potential deal, the website reported.

When Blair stood down last month, a close source said the former British prime minister would continue to "concentrate on strengthening relations between Israel and the wider Arab world", focusing more on regional diplomacy. 

Blair also planned to "focus on encouraging Israel to take measures to dramatically improve the daily lives of Palestinians in Gaza", where 2,100 Palestinians, 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians died and thousands of Gaza homes were devastated in last year's war, the source said at the time.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Haziran 2015, 16:38