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French President Macron meets with Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas in Paris

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Macron is seeking “possible ways for a resumption of negotiations” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The French president’s meeting with Abbas comes two weeks after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid in the French capital which focused on Iran’s nuclear program and the U.S.-led effort to revive the 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran.

French President Emmanuel Macron met Wednesday with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas at the Elysée Palace in Paris and discussed with him the Israeli-Palestinian peace process during a working lunch.

They are also to talk about the food crisis unleashed by Russia’s war against Ukraine, which “particularly affects the countries of the Middle East,” according to the president’s.

The French presidency said Macron will discuss with Abbas “the possible ways for a resumption of negotiations with a view to achieving a just and lasting peace” in the Middle East.

The French president’s meeting with Abbas comes two weeks after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid in the French capital which focused on Iran’s nuclear program and the U.S.-led effort to revive the 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran.

During Lapid’s visit, the French leader stressed that there was “no alternative to a resumption of political dialogue between the Israelis and the Palestinians.” He also expressed his willingness to contribute to the resumption of the peace process, even “to mobilize the international community in its favor.”

Lapid responded by saying he did not expect to have any immediate talks with Abbas, however, he did not “rule it out.”

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