Israel and Hamas agreed to a 4-day ceasefire, halting the 7-week-long war that has killed thousands on both sides.
Indian PM Narendra Modi welcomed the release of hostages from Gaza, a key condition of the ceasefire. He still condemned civilian casualties.
Biden, who brokered the ceasefire, said he was gratified about the release of hostages. He said the task must be carried through in its entirety.
Beijing expressed its hope to mitigate the ‘humanitarian crisis, promote the de-escalation of conflicts, and ease tensions’ after the ceasefire.
‘We hope that there will be French people among the first batch of hostages to be released,’ the French Foreign Minister said.
Tehran said it will launch a diplomatic tour to Lebanon to stop Israel’s ‘attacks on Gaza, lift the blockade and send humanitarian aid.’
Jordan said that a ‘broader plan for Gaza’ was also needed. ‘People must be empowered to remain in their homes, not displaced,’ he said.