Hamas: Hostage Taking

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 29 December 2023.

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Photo of Lord Shinkwin Lord Shinkwin Conservative

To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the government of Israel, (2) the International Red Cross, and (3) the Gulf states, about the conditions in which the hostages of Hamas are being held, and their health and wellbeing.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The safety of British Nationals is our utmost priority, and we are working around the clock to get them home. Urgent work is continuing at all levels with regional leaders and others to ensure all remaining hostages are safely freed. We are not going to give a running commentary on hostage negotiations, which are highly sensitive and ongoing, but we're involved in intensive diplomatic efforts to secure the release of hostages and working with Israel, the US and other diplomatic partners.

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