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French president discusses Gaza, West Bank conflict with Palestinian, Israeli leaders

Anadolu Agency DIPLOMACY
Published November 20,2023

French President Emmanuel Macron held separate phone conversations with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, addressing the situation in Gaza and the West Bank.

In a statement, the French presidency said on Sunday Macron and Abbas discussed the humanitarian cease-fire and evaluated the situation in the West Bank.

Macron condemned the violence against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and urged Israeli officials to put an end to such actions.

The statement emphasized that both leaders agreed on the importance of avoiding anything that would weaken the West Bank. Also, the necessity of restarting the political process to fulfill the Palestinians' desire to have a state was stressed.

"France contributes to all regional and international efforts that aim to end the conflict and restore peace and security for everyone in the region," Macron said.

During the conversation with Netanyahu, Macron drew attention to the numerous civilian casualties in Gaza due to the ongoing attacks. Macron emphasized the need to protect civilians in Gaza and called for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire, followed by a sustainable truce.

Expressing concern over the escalating violence against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank, Macron condemned the situation and insisted on "taking all necessary measures to prevent the spread of violence and maintain tranquility," according to the statement.

He also emphasized the importance of preventing the escalation of the situation in Gaza and said that a two-state solution would bring stability to the Middle East.

Macron also discussed the issue of hostages held by Hamas with Netanyahu. Macron reiterated Israel's right to self-defense and expressed solidarity with the country in its fight against terrorism, saying: "France stands in solidarity with Israel in its struggle against terrorism."