Angela Merkel 521.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on May 5, as European nations are considering unilateral recognition of a Palestinian State, AFP reported on Friday.
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Although the German government declined to specify the meeting's agenda, German weekly Der Speigel said that Merkel would advise Abbas against lobbying the United Nations General Assembly to bypass direct Israel-Palestinian talks and recognize a Palestinian state with a UN resolution in September.
Merkel voiced her government's opposition
to a UN resolution creating an independent Palestinian state earlier this month following a meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
"The Federal Republic of Germany is championing a two-state
solution...Any kind of unilateral recognition does not promote this
goal. This will be our position in September,” she said.Abbas met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy
and Prime Minister Francois Fillon on Thursday in Paris.
A source in the presidential office said Sarkozy had given Abbas his
“clear support” for efforts leading to the creation of a Palestinian
“Recognition of the state of Palestine is one of the options which
France is considering, with its European partners, in a bid to relaunch
the peace process,” AFP quoted French Ambassador Gerard Araud as telling
a UN Security Council debate on the Middle East.
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Benjamin Weinthal and Hilary Leila Krieger contributed to this report
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