Palestinian FM meets French counterpart in Ramallah

March 27, 2018 Off By Web Desk

Ramallah Palestinian Foreign Minister Dr. Riyad Al-Malki met with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Ramallah on Monday and discussed several issues of mutual concern.

The meeting reaffirmed the political, economic and humanitarian support of Palestine by France and the European Union, as well as supporting initiatives for the peace process, particularly those of the Arab League, to revive the peace process.

Al-Malki put Le Drian in the picture about the situation on the ground and the actions taken by Israel � the occupying power � including proactive measures that destroy peace hopes, such as colonial settlement activities aimed at changing the geographical and demographic status of the Palestine State.

In a joint press conference following the meeting, Al-Malki told the French top diplomat that the Palestinians believe France can play a vital role in the peace process.

He said the visit by French Foreign Minister to Palestine and his meeting with him and President Mahmoud Abbas “is an expression of the interest by France to continue consultations that would allow it to lead discussion on a just solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that would end the occupation and establish the independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

For his part, Le Drian said France is interested in seeing a viable and independent Palestinian state that will live in peace with Israel. He said the international community should support Palestinian-Israeli negotiations as the only way to achieve peace.

Le Drian said that France will consider the call by President Abbas, at the UN Security Council last February, to convene a multilateral peace conference. He affirmed that France is interested in realizing peace and this is why French prime minister A�douard Philippe is going to visit the region at the end of May and President Emmanuel Macron is also going to visit it in the fall.

Source: International Islamic News Agency