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France: Two-state solution only way for peace in the Middle East

February 1, 2018 at 9:00 am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron (R) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on December 22, 2017. [Thaer Ghanaim/ Palestinian Presidency]

French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated his opposition to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and pointed out that “the resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict cannot be achieved through unilateral decisions”.

During an official visit to Tunisia yesterday, Macron told the Al-Chourouk newspaper: “Today we are waiting for President Trump’s peace plan. We will assess it based on its compatibility with the international law, on the one hand, and based on what is acceptable to both Israelis and Palestinians on the other hand.”

“We are working, both at the field and political levels, to preserve the political process and the two-state solution, by holding discussions with all the involved parties. This is the French way, the only way that can take into account the aspirations of the two parties, Israel and Palestine, and allow a fair and lasting peace.”

He added: “This peace, as I said before, will only be achieved through the two-state solution, which would allow the two states to live in peace and security within secure and recognised borders, with Jerusalem as a capital for both of them.”

France is playing its part in making the necessary efforts to revive the peace process.

Adding: “We will wait and chose the right time to act, not in response to external choices, but taking into account the dynamics on the ground and in contact with our partners.”

Earlier this week, Azzam Al-Ahmad, a member of Central Committee of Fatah, revealed that he had delivered a message from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi, in which he asked him to support the Palestinian cause and play a role in convincing European countries to do the same.

Since the US president announced on December 6 that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, the Palestinian Authority has declared that America is no longer a honest broker and has refused to receive US Vice President Mike Pence.

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