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France President calls for direct political dialogue between Israel, Palestine

July 20, 2022 at 2:44 pm

French President Emmanuel Macron on June 24, 2022 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

The French President, on Wednesday, called for direct dialogue between Israel and Palestine, Anadolu News Agency reports.

“In the short term, we know, this first requires the end of unilateral measures on the ground,” Emmanuel Macron said in a joint news conference with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, at Elysee Palace in Paris.

“I am thinking, in particular, of the evictions of Palestinian families, the demolitions, and the settlement policy contrary to international law, which remove the possibility of establishing a Palestinian State living in peace alongside Israel,” Macron added.

He said that this peace also requires “the resumption of a direct political dialogue between the Israelis and the Palestinians.”

Abbas, for his part, said that the option of a two-state solution is “eroding” due to Israeli measures and practices and Palestinians “have been waiting for 74 years to get rid of the occupation.”

He went on to say: “There are no people in the world living under foreign occupation, except us.”

Abbas called on European countries that have not recognised the State of Palestine to recognise it with the aim of “preserving the two-state solution before it is too late.”

At the invitation of the French President, Abbas arrived in Paris on an official visit on Tuesday, travelling from Romania’s capital, Bucharest.

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