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Macron urges israel and palestine talks

Emmanuel Macron has called for a resumption of long-stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestine based on a two-state solution.

French President Emmanuel Macron called on Sunday for a resumption of long-stalled Middle East peace talks based on a two-state solution.

“France is ready to support all diplomatic efforts towards this end within the parameters of peace recognized by the international community,” Macron said after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In his statement Macron said, “I call for a resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in the framework of the search for a solution of two states, Israel and Palestine, living in recognized, secure borders with Jerusalem as the capital,”.       

Stressing that international law should be “respected by all”, Macron said he was referring to Israel’s “continued building of settlements” in occupied Palestinian territory, a policy opposed by France.

He warned that continued Israeli settlement construction could threaten such negotiations and eventual peace prospects.

At his side, Netanyahu said: “We share the same desire for a peaceful Middle East.” But he did not elaborate on eventual peace talks.

Macron condemned an attack last week that killed two Israeli police officers at a Jerusalem shrine revered by Jews and Muslims.

Talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been at a standstill since the failure of US mediation in the spring of 2014.

The two leaders also discussed fighting in Syria and elsewhere, and improving economic cooperation.

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