French President calls for talks on two state solution on Palestine / Israel conflict

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to create two independent states.

After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris, Mr Macron said that "everything should be done so that negotiations restart" with the aim of reaching a two-state solution, as the international community has long sought.

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

His office said he is concerned about Israel’s security but also about growing Jewish settlement building, and worried that Mr Netanyahu is backing away from a commitment to a two-state solution.

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


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