French President Macron backs two-state solution in Middle East

Published July 6, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron accompanies to the exit Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as they speak in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace in Paris.─AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron accompanies to the exit Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as they speak in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace in Paris.─AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron said that he supported a two-state solution to end the Middle East conflict as he welcomed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the Elysee Palace on Wednesday.

Speaking publicly on the issue for the first time, Macron said that any deal must recognise the legitimate rights of the Palestinians to have an independent state, but also ensure Israel's security.

“There is no viable alternative to a two-state solution, but today this solution is under threat, both on the ground and in people's minds.”

The UN reported in June that Israel had announced a substantial increase in settlements in the past three months despite a United Nations resolution demanding a halt to the Jewish outposts in occupied Palestinian territory.

“France has always condemned the continuation of settlement building, which is illegal under international law, and has reached an unprecedented level since the beginning of the year," added Macron.

His comments come after Donald Trump called on Israelis and Palestinians to make compromises for peace, saying he was “personally committed” to helping Israel reach a deal with the Palestinians.

Both Macron and Abbas said they would support Trump in his efforts to end the impasse.

President Abbas reaffirmed his wish to “work with Donald Trump to conclude a historic peace agreement based on a two-state solution.”

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