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French premier pushes Mideast initiative with Palestinians

France's prime minister says that peace between Israelis and the Palestinians is also important for security in Europe

French premier pushes Mideast initiative with Palestinians

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- France's prime minister says that peace between Israelis and the Palestinians is also important for security in Europe.

Manuel Valls made the comments following a meeting with his Palestinian counterpart in Ramallah on Tuesday.

"We know we, as French and Europeans, we know that our own security, our own stability depends on peace, the region's peace, peace between Israelis and Palestinians," he said.

France is hosting a peace conference in Paris in June in hopes of reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The country has suffered from a series of attacks by Islamist radicals.

Valls has been visiting the region in a bid to raise support for the initiative.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah brushed aside calls by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for direct talks as attempts to buy time.


Updated : 2021-02-26 12:55 GMT+08:00