The former Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, took to social media to express his gratitude to the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, for the latter's role in the release of 11 hostages held by the terrorist group Hamas in Gaza. Among the freed captives were five Argentine residents of the Nir Oz kibbutz in Israel.
Macri's Involvement in the Release Process
While it was suggested that Macri had held talks with the Emir, his camp neither confirmed nor denied this information. The Israeli Defense Forces confirmed the release of the hostages, including the Argentine Karina Engelbert and her daughters, as well as twins Emma and Yulie Cunio, following negotiations in which Qatar participated.
A 48-Hour Truce and More Releases
Furthermore, a 48-hour extension of the truce in the Gaza Strip was announced, along with the impending release of more hostages and prisoners.
Macri and the Emir of Qatar: A Relationship Forged by Football
Macri and the Emir of Qatar share a close relationship, strengthened by football ever since their meeting in 2016 and consolidated by events such as Qatar Airways' sponsorship of Boca Juniors and the FIFA Foundation, of which Macri is the president. The Emir, owner of Paris Saint-Germain, also played a key role in the celebration of the 2022 Football World Cup, where Macri attended the final match. In 2023, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani visited Argentine Patagonia to meet with Macri, although the details of this meeting were not disclosed.
As this story unfolds, the world watches with bated breath, hopeful for the safe return of all held captive and grateful for the diplomatic efforts made by leaders like Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Mauricio Macri.