President Mahmoud Abbas welcoming his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, in Ramallah. (WAFA Images / Thayer Ghanayem)
RAMALLAH, Thursday, January 23, 2020 (WAFA) - President Mahmoud Abbas received late last night at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah French President Emmanuel Macron during which he called on France and the European Union to salvage the peace process.
The President and his French counterpart discussed in a meeting that included delegations from both sides the latest developments in the political process and regional issues, followed by a four-eye meeting between the two leaders.
President Abbas thanked the French president for his country‘s stands in support of peace in accordance with the two-state solution, United Nations resolutions and international law.
He stressed the importance of the French and European role in salvaging the political process from the stalemate it has reached as a result of Israeli intransigence, especially following the positions of the American administration that are biased in favor of the occupation that led it to lose its role as the sole mediator of the political process.
"We look forward to the recognition of the European countries that believe in the two-state solution and France of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital as a real way out to salvage the two-state solution that is supported by France and Europe in order to give hope to our people of the possibility of achieving peace and stability," Abbas told Macron.
"We are serious about seeking legislative and presidential elections in the Palestinian territories, including in occupied Jerusalem. We are looking forward to a French and European role in pressuring the Israeli government to allow the participation of our people in Jerusalem in these elections, which we hope will be held as soon as possible," he added.
President Abbas expressed his appreciation for France‘s stances in support of Palestine in many political and economic fields, including France‘s continuous support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and building the institutions of the State of Palestine, stressing Palestine’s keenness to enhance the special bilateral relations between the two parties in the interest of the two peoples.
For his part, the French president reiterated his country‘s position in support of the political process based on the two-state solution to achieve peace in the region.
He pointed out that his country will continue to provide support to the Palestinian people to build their institutions and economy and to strengthen ties and cooperation in areas of mutual interest.