(11 Jan 2021) Foreign ministers from both France and Germany discussed the Middle East peace process in Cairo on Monday.
Egypt on Monday hosted the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Jordan to discuss ways to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a week before US President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
At a news conference, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian urged Israel and the Palestinians to initiate and announce their commitment to achieve a solution to the conflict and refrain from taking unilateral measures.
The two sides have to "mutually commit - realistically and progressively," he said.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Germany views the two-state solution as "the best basis for peace in the Middle East."
There have been no substantial peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was first elected more than a decade ago, and the two sides are fiercely divided over the core issues of the conflict.
In a joint statement, the ministers in Cairo called for practical steps to launch "credible negotiations" between Israel and the Palestinians on achieving a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital in territory Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war.
The ministers said they were ready to work with the US to facilitate negotiations that would lead to "a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the region."
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