Qatari Minister of State for International Cooperation Lolwa Al-Khater during her visit to Al-Arish and Rafah to deliver additional aid to the Palestinian people (social media)

The U.S. Embassy in Doha says it is working with its Qatari partners to ensure the full implementation of the hostage deal and truce in the Gaza Strip agreed with the Islamist group Hamas.

In a post on the X platform, it said it expects dozens of prisoners to return to their families in the coming days, including US citizens.

Doha announced on Saturday the success of mediation efforts in overcoming obstacles to the release of the second batch in the prisoner exchange deal, while the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, received a call from US President Joe Biden, who expressed his appreciation for the Qatari role.

The White House said Biden and Qatar's emir had agreed to communicate closely to ensure the deal was fully implemented on its terms.

Diplomatic work never stops. The United States remains committed to cooperating with our Qatari partners to ensure the full implementation of the hostage release agreement and the humanitarian truce in Gaza. Read more about yesterday's call between President @POTUS and Prince @TamimBinHamad

— U.S. Embassy in Qatar (@USEmbassyDoha) November 26, 2023

It is noteworthy that the Qatari mediation efforts succeeded - in cooperation with Egypt and the United States - in reaching an agreement on a humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip that lasts for 4 days, which can be extended, which began on Friday.

The agreement includes the exchange of 50 Israeli civilian women and children detainees in the Gaza Strip in the first phase, in exchange for the release of a number of Palestinian women and children held in Israeli prisons.

The truce also allows for the entry of more humanitarian convoys and relief aid, including fuel for humanitarian needs.

Source : Al Jazeera