French foreign minister meets with Netanyahu

May 15, 2016 10:51

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday morning and then left Jreusalem and headed to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss a new peace initiative his country plans to launch at the end of this month.

The brief visit came amid a row with Jerusalem over France’s support last month for a UNESCO resolution that denied Jewish ties to the Temple Mount. 

The Palestinians already have announced their support for the internationalized process, which is to begin with a ministerial meeting of some 20 countries in Paris on May 30 to be followed by a peace conference in the fall. Neither the Israelis or the Palestinians have been invited to the May ministerial meeting.

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