Biden meets with 4-year-old American hostage released by Hamas last year

President Joe Biden met Wednesday with Abigail Edan, an American toddler abducted by Hamas on Oct. 7, 2023, and released in the first round of hostage exchanges between Israel and the terrorist group last year.

Both of Edan’s parents were killed in the Oct. 7 attacks, and she was the youngest American citizen held hostage by Hamas. She turned 4 just days before being released in late November.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan announced the previously unscheduled meeting at the top of Wednesday’s White House press briefing. The Biden administration has continued to take part in negotiations to procure the release of the remaining hostages held by Hamas, yet plans for an extended ceasefire broke down earlier this spring.

Sullivan claimed the meeting was a reminder of the work left to do to free the remaining hostages.

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