Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister met with British Foreign Minister during the Dubai Climate Summit (Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Qatar's Foreign Ministry said Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani discussed with British Foreign Secretary David Cameron ways to reduce escalation and a ceasefire in Gaza.

This took place during their meeting on Friday on the sidelines of the International Climate Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister stressed that his country is committed with its partners in mediation to continue efforts to return to calm, stressing that the continued bombardment of the Gaza Strip after the end of the truce complicates mediation efforts, and exacerbates the humanitarian catastrophe in the Strip.

He expressed the State of Qatar's firm position in condemning all forms of targeting civilians, adding that the killing of innocent civilians, especially women and children, and the practice of a policy of collective punishment is unacceptable under any pretext.

The Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs also stressed the need to open humanitarian corridors to ensure that relief and aid reach Palestinians trapped under bombardment.

Qatar expressed its deep regret at the resumption of Israeli aggression on Gaza following the end of the truce, noting that negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis are continuing with the aim of returning to the truce.

The humanitarian truce ended in the early hours of Friday morning and the war resumed with the Israeli occupation army launching intensive raids on several areas in the Gaza Strip.

It is noteworthy that the humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip came into effect between Israel and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) on November 24, and lasted for 7 days.

Source : Al Jazeera + Agencies