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France: No peace in the Middle East without State of Palestine – FM Ayrault03:11

France: No peace in the Middle East without State of Palestine – FM Ayrault

France, Paris
January 15, 2017 at 19:36 GMT -00:00 · Published

Palestine needs to be able to exist as an independent state next to Israel, “there is no other way,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault insisted at the Middle East Peace Conference in Paris on Sunday.

Ayrault predicted that “there is no future of peace in this region,” unless a two state solution is agreed on and urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come to France and meet the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for talks. The French Foreign Minister said that he is reaching out and hopes the parties will grasp his extended hand. He also suggested that a French delegation could go to Israel if Netanyahu does not come to Europe.

Ayrault also called recent proposals to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem "a provocation," stating "to do it like that, that's why I say it's a provocation. In conversations outside of formal meetings, I have spoken with several countries on this issue who have reacted in the same way as I do and who want a caution."

Representatives from around 70 countries are meeting in Paris to discuss a two state solution for Palestine and Israel. Netanyahu has deemed the efforts “futile” and said the talks were “rigged,” but Palestinian officials welcomed the event.

France: No peace in the Middle East without State of Palestine – FM Ayrault03:11
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Palestine needs to be able to exist as an independent state next to Israel, “there is no other way,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault insisted at the Middle East Peace Conference in Paris on Sunday.

Ayrault predicted that “there is no future of peace in this region,” unless a two state solution is agreed on and urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come to France and meet the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for talks. The French Foreign Minister said that he is reaching out and hopes the parties will grasp his extended hand. He also suggested that a French delegation could go to Israel if Netanyahu does not come to Europe.

Ayrault also called recent proposals to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem "a provocation," stating "to do it like that, that's why I say it's a provocation. In conversations outside of formal meetings, I have spoken with several countries on this issue who have reacted in the same way as I do and who want a caution."

Representatives from around 70 countries are meeting in Paris to discuss a two state solution for Palestine and Israel. Netanyahu has deemed the efforts “futile” and said the talks were “rigged,” but Palestinian officials welcomed the event.

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