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Paris hosts a conference on peaceful settlement of conflict between Israel and Palestine
13:29, 15 January 2017
Paris hosts a conference on peaceful settlement of conflict between Israel and Palestine

70 countries and organizations take part in the conference, but there are no representatives of Israel and Palestine

13:29, 15 January 2017

Associated Press

French capital is hosting an international conference on the peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Middle East. The conference is attended by representatives of 70 countries and international organizations. It was reported by "Radio Liberty".

The conference is attended by the current US Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. New representatives of the administration of US President elected Donald Trump did not attend the conference. Also, there are no representatives of the parties to the conflict - Israel and Palestine at the conference.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly declined invitations to attend the conference. According to him, there is a danger of international pressure growth on conditions of the armistice. Netanyahu has recently called the event a "conference of manipulation." In his opinion, its purpose is to take "anti-Israel points", AFP quoted him.

At the same time, the Palestinian side welcomed the delegates to attend the event.

According to the official Paris, the participants intend to make a clear statement in the final resolution for the establishment of a Palestinian state in the Middle East that would peacefully coexist with Israel. At the same time, Paris stressed that an agreement of such a compromise should, in fact, be reached by the Israelis and Palestinians themselves.

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