Netanyahu to Belgian FM: French plan lets Palestinians avoid peace talks

May 9, 2016 23:45

Stepping up his efforts to thwart the French diplomatic initiative calling for a summit in Paris later this month to discuss the parameters of a peace deal, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argued against the plan in a meeting Monday with visiting Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders.

According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu said the French initiative “allows the Palestinians to avoid direct negotiations, thereby making peace more remote.”

On Sunday night, the first night of Reynders’s three-day visit to the region, he said in Ramallah that Brussels backs the French plan.

“We are supporting the French initiative,” he said during a press conference alongside PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, “because we need to do something. We need to have at least a conference, and then maybe to start a process,and we are very open to take part if such a process.”

No press conference, or even a statement to the press, was held before or after Reynders’s meeting with Netanyahu.

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