Senegal says Hamas leader Meshaal ready for Gaza ceasefire
It said the proposal for a truce in Gaza was made in a telephone call to Meshaal late on Sunday by Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has said he is ready to sign a ceasefire agreement for Gaza that would involve Israel ending its attacks and its blockade of the territory, Senegal's Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
It said the proposal for a truce in Gaza was made in a telephone call to Meshaal late on Sunday by Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, current president of the 56-member Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).
"The Hamas leader said he was ready to sign such an accord in a place to be chosen by common consent between the two sides," the ministry said in a statement.
It said Wade was proposing "a definitive truce between Israel and Hamas through the signing of an agreement that engages Hamas in the immediate observation of a ceasefire in exchange for an immediate ceasefire by Israel accompanied by a total lifting of the blockade on Gaza".
The statement gave no more details.
In a separate statement, Wade condemned the Israeli air strikes on Gaza as "unacceptable".
"The acting president of the OIC demands that Israel immediately stop the air bombardments and abstains from all attacks on the Palestinian territory.
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