Spanish FM: Abbas wants to negotiate peace

April 23, 2013 22:36


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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas wants to negotiate peace with Israel and would like to see an offer of confidence building measures, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo told Israel’s President Shimon Peres on Tuesday.

He spoke with Peres after meeting with Abbas in Amman on Saturday and explained to the Israeli president that his country wanted to help ensure that a two-state solution as reached.

"I had a meeting with President Abbas and I felt that he is willing to negotiate a peace process. He asked me to convey a message that he would like to see confidence building measures regarding political prisoners and the problem of the settlements,” Garcia-Margallo said.

“I transmitted to him and to the Jordanian authorities and now to you that you can count on Spain for any help we can offer to bring peace to this city, this city of peace,” Garcia-Margallo said.

He spoke amidst a renewed US push to rekindle direct Israeli Palestinian negotiations, which have been largely frozen since December 2008.

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