France opposes plan to annex Palestinian territories

Middle East peace process – Joint statement by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mr Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister of Germany, Mr Sameh Shoukry, Foreign Minister of Egypt, and Mr Ayman Safadi, Foreign Minister of Jordan

7 July 2020

After a joint video conference, the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Egypt and Jordan declared today, 7 July 2020:

“We exchanged views on the current state of the Middle East peace process and its regional implications. We concur that any annexation of Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 would be a violation of international law and imperil the foundations of the peace process. We would not recognize any changes to the 1967 borders that are not agreed by both parties in the conflict. We also concur that such a step would have serious consequences for the security and stability of the region, and would constitute a major obstacle to efforts aimed at achieving a comprehensive and just peace. It could also have consequences for the relationship with Israel. We underline our firm commitment to a negotiated two-state solution based on international law and the relevant UN resolutions. We discussed how to restart a fruitful engagement between the Israeli and the Palestinian sides, and offer our support in facilitating a path to negotiations.”./.

Published on 07/07/2020

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