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whitehouse.gov | Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, 13 May 10-point Global Enduring Calm Normalization Plan
SULLIVAN: Nine, we are urgently and relentlessly working for a ceasefire and a hostage deal, starting with the first phase and building to an enduring calm. As the President said this weekend, there could be a ceasefire tomorrow if Hamas simply released women, wounded, and elderly hostages—all innocents.

Israel put a forward-leaning proposal on the table for a ceasefire "fighting pause" and hostage deal. The world should be calling on Hamas to come back to the table and accept a deal. The hostages include [Palestinian-]Americans [?] and citizens from around the world. The President is determined to bring them safe—safely back to their loved ones. And I met with the families of these American hostages again just this past Friday [10 May?].

The families of American-Israeli hostages in Gaza met with US National Security adviser Jake Sullivan on Monday [6 May] in Washington to press for their immediate release, according to the Hostages Families Forum Headquarters. The forum says at least eight American-Israelis were taken hostage by Hamas. Five of them are still thought to be held alive in Gaza. Another, 19-year-old Itay Chen, was confirmed dead by the Israel Defense Forces last month.

10 May: jpost | Families of American hostages in Gaza meet Jake Sullivan, express frustrations over negotiations
Friday's meeting with Sullivan was also the first time the families met with the White House after Hamas released videos of three hostages, including Americans Keith Siegel and Hersh Goldberg-Polin.

They know how hard the President is working on this.
ChatGPT cnn | Jake Sullivan met in-person with representatives of countries whose citizens Hamas took hostage, 16 May
Jake Sullivan convened for the first time this week an in-person meeting of ambassadors and chiefs of mission representing countries whose citizens were taken hostage by Hamas on October 7, CNN has learned, as a ceasefire and hostages release deal remains stalled.

Sullivan met with representatives from 17 nations: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, and the United Kingdom, according to a US official and senior administration official familiar with the meeting.

WH Press Briefing: Karine Jean-Pierre and John Kirby | May 17, 2024, A/V (EN), 00:56:45
KIRBY @ 8:19: Now, just one last program announcement, and I promise, I'll shut up. I can announce today that our National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will travel to Saudi Arabia starting tomorrow [18 May]. He'll be there to meet with Prime Minister and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman to discuss discuss bilateral and regional matters, including the war in Gaza, of course, and ongoing efforts to achieve a lasting peace and security in the region. On Sunday, the next day, Mister Sullivan will travel to Israel to meet with senior Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Netanyahu, to discuss, of course, the war in Gaza, including ongoing negotiations to secure the release of all the hostages, address the humanitarian crisis, and our shared objective for the enduring defeat of Hamas through both military pressure [$1 billion more in weapons to Israel] and a political plan.
by Cat on Sat May 18th, 2024 at 07:07:37 PM EST
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