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Palestinian FM asks Brazil to join sponsorship of peace process

Foreign Affairs Minister of Brazil Aloysio Nunes (L) and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki (R) shake hands as they pose for a photo during their meeting in Ramallah, West Bank on 1 March 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

The Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister, Riyad Al-Maliki, yesterday called on Brazil to join multilateral sponsored peace process with Israel.

"We discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and the future of the stalled peace process and the best way to resume negotiations in order to reach a two-state solution between Palestine and Israel, with security, lasting stability and peace," Al-Maliki said during a meeting with his Brazilian counterpart, Aloysio Nunes Ferreira Filho, in Ramallah.

Al-Maliki said he had briefed the visiting minister about the Palestinian situation in the wake of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

For his part, Filho expressed his country's interest in strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries, especially in the political, economic and sports fields.

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He has also stressed his country's readiness to participate in any international effort leading to resolving the conflict.

The Brazilian foreign minister arrived in Ramallah yesterday morning where he was scheduled to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and a number of ministers and officials before leaving later in the day.

The PA has been calling for international sponsorship of the peace process with Israel following Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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