Egypt, France FMs talk Palestinian-Israeli peace process and Syrian crisis

Ahram Online , Thursday 25 Aug 2016

In a phone call late Wednesday, the two top diplomats discussed France's initiative to revive Palestinian-Israeli negotiations on a two-state solution

Shoukry and Ayrault
File Photo: French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (center) listens as his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry (right) speaks during a press conference following their meeting in Cairo, on March 9, 2016. (Photo: AFP)

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault discussed Wednesday efforts to revive the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, and the crisis in war-torn Syria.

During a phone call late Wednesday, the two diplomats addressed France's initiative to revive a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and preparations for an international peace conference due to be held in the coming months, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Paris hosted in June an international ministerial gathering to work towards organising an international conference to reboot talks by the end of the year.

The Palestinians have welcomed the French initiative, but Israel strongly opposes it.

The duo also talked about efforts towards reaching a ceasefire and announcing a truce in the Syrian city of Aleppo, where civilians are suffering some of the worst violence of the country's five-year-long civil war.

The conversation also tackled the results of Shoukry's recent visit to Lebanon that aimed at helping rival Lebanese political groups find common ground.

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