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Budd Statement on Release of First U.S. Hostages From Gaza, Renews Call to Release All Hostages, Including NC Native

Washington, D.C. — Senator Ted Budd (R-NC) released the following statement after a third group of hostages was released from Gaza on Sunday, including 4 year-old American Avigail Mor Idan, and Adrienne “Aviva” Siegel, wife of North Carolina native Keith Siegel:

“We are pleased that some hostages have been released and are now home with their loved ones. We remain steadfast in our commitment to secure that freedom for North Carolina native Keith Siegel, Omer Neutra, and all hostages illegally held by Hamas terrorists. While we are encouraged by the government of Qatar’s efforts to mediate the release of some of the hostages, we renew our call to their government to exert pressure on Hamas leadership to release each and every hostage immediately and unconditionally.”

Senator Budd met with Qatari Ambassador Meshal Al Thani on November 6 in Senator Budd’s Washington, D.C. office, and strongly urged his government to use their leverage on Hamas leaders currently residing in Doha, Qatar to immediately release all hostages, and hold those same Hamas leaders accountable once the hostage situation is fully resolved.

A photo from that meeting is below:

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