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Macron and Arab leaders discussed two-state solution

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Emmanuel Macron (right) hosted the meeting with Arab leaders at the Elysée Palace in Paris on Friday. Photo: Julien de Rosa / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 25.05.2024 02:20:03

Policy: The war in the Gaza Strip was the backdrop when Emmanuel Macron invited Qatar’s prime minister and the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan for talks on Friday.

The French president’s staff says the possibility of creating a Palestinian state and reviving the possibility of a two-state solution dominated the talks, along with humanitarian efforts for Gaza.

The group discussed all possibilities to achieve the reopening of all border crossings into Gaza, said a statement from Macron’s office.

The five countries also discussed how to strengthen cooperation among themselves and “effective implementation of the two-state solution, the only effective way to guarantee peace and security for Israel and to respond to the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinians,” it added.

Macron’s foreign minister Stéphane Séjourné was also present at the meeting, which was held hours after the UN court ICJ asked Israel to stop the ongoing offensive against Rafah in the southernmost part of the Gaza Strip. Macron called for an immediate ceasefire and the release of all hostages in Gaza.

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