Israeli, Palestinian Representatives Absent at Paris Talks
Written by: International
Category: Diplotimes

Paris - Foreign ministers from twenty-nine countries gathered in Paris to discuss stalled Middle East peace negotiations.

Israeli and Palestinian representatives were absent from the summit, where U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and representatives from the Arab League and European Union will discuss setting a date for an international peace conference. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposed the French initiative and said he only supports direct negotiations between the parties, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he welcomed the efforts. Diplomatic sources said the talks would focus on reviving a 2002 Saudi-led peace deal that would have Arab nations recognize the state of Israel in exchange for an Israeli withdrawal from territories occupied since 1967 and the creation of a Palestinian state.

 

(Photo Jean-Marc Ayrault with Adel Al-Jubeir)