Klaus Iohannis and the leaders of 17 other countries signed a joint statement regarding the release of the hostages from Gaza

Klaus Iohannis signed alongside the US leader and his counterparts from 17 other countries, a joint statement through which the immediate release of the hostages held by Hamas in Gaza is requested, the Presidential Administration announced on Thursday.

The statement also signed by Klaus Iohannis calls for the release of the hostages from Gaza Photo: Archive

We demand the immediate release of all hostages held by Hamas in Gaza for over 200 days. Among them are our own citizens. The fate of the hostages and the civilian population of Gaza, who are protected under international law, is an international concern,” it is stated in the joint statement, according to the Presidential Administration.

The signatory states note that the agreement would bring a ceasefire to facilitate increased humanitarian assistance and support mediation efforts to repatriate citizens.

We emphasize that the proposed deal for the release of the hostages would bring about an immediate and prolonged ceasefire in Gaza, which would facilitate an increase in much-needed additional humanitarian assistance to be delivered throughout Gaza, and lead to a credible end to hostilities. Gazans will be able to return to their homes and lands, with prior arrangements to provide them with shelter and humanitarian supplies.

We strongly support the ongoing mediation efforts to bring our citizens home. We reiterate our call to Hamas to release the hostages and end this crisis so that we can all focus on our joint efforts to bring peace and stability to the region.” it is also specified in the Declaration.

The joint declaration was signed by Klaus Iohannis but also by the leaders of: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States, being a “call for the release of hostages from Gaza“.