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Kerry speaks to Turkish and Qatari counterparts to press for Gaza ceasefire

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Agence France-Presse, Hürriyet Daily News, July 24, 2014: “Kerry speaks to Turkish and Qatari counterparts to press for Gaza ceasefire”

US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke July 24 to his counterparts in Qatar and Turkey, which support the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, as he pressed for a Gaza ceasefire.

Kerry — who is in Egypt, which has drafted a truce proposal for the Israel-Hamas conflict — spoke by phone with the foreign ministers of Qatar and Turkey, a US official said.

The top US diplomat was hoping Qatar and Turkey would use their influence to encourage Hamas to accept a ceasefire plan, which the Islamist group has so far rejected, the official said.

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