Jerusalem: Macron says France is committed to two-state solution | World | News


Palestinian leaders must continue “calling for calm and dialogue” if they are to pave the way for future peace negotiations with Israel, the 40-year-old centrist said during a meeting with members of the Palestinian Central Council.

US president Donald Trump plunged the Middle East into uncertainty last month after he controversially reversed decades of US foreign policy and recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, jeopardising peace efforts in the region and shocking Arab leaders and his Western allies alike. 

The Elysée Palace’s statement read: “The Palestinian delegation led by Azzam Al-Ahmada thanked France for its unwavering support and for its repeated calls for a fair and negotiated peace with Israel.

“The president, who is to travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories in 2018, reaffirmed France and Europe’s support for a two-state solution, and stressed the urgent need to draw up a political road map to peace, as recently mentioned by president Abbas.” 

The Palestinian president said during a joint press conference with Mr Macron last month that the US had “disqualified” itself from the Middle East peace process due to its unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Mr Abbas also condemned a threat by Mr Trump to cut off financial aid to countries who voted in favour of a draft UN resolution against his administration’s shock Jerusalem decision.

Mr Macron said France wanted Israel and Palestine to be able to peacefully co-exist side-by-side with one another, adding he would recognise a Palestine state “at the right time”, and not under pressure. 

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