WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday wrote to leaders of Egypt and Qatar, urging them to press Hamas for hostage deal with Israel.

An official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private letters, said Biden's national security adviser will meet Monday with family members of some of the estimated 100 hostages who are believed to be in Gaza.

The letters to Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Qatar’s ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, come as Biden has deployed CIA Director Bill Burns to Cairo for talks this weekend about the hostage crisis.

Biden’s correspondence came a day after he spoke with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about efforts for a cease-fire in the war.

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