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Abbas meets with French president in Paris

Dec. 22, 2017 1:38 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 22, 2017 3:06 P.M.)
Mahmoud Abbas (File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas Friday met with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris, where the two discussed ongoing developments in the region following a sweeping vote at the UN on Thursday in favor of rejecting US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

According to the official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency, Abbas briefed Macron on the latest developments in the occupied Palestinian territories and the implications of Trump’s decision.

Abbas reportedly thanked Macron for his country’s positions in support of Palestine, most recent of which was France’s voting in favor of the UN draft resolution on Jerusalem.

“On his part, Macron reiterated his country’s position in support of reaching a peaceful solution to the Palestinian question based on the two-state solution,” Wafa reported.

The meeting was attended by a host of Palestinian officials, including Fatah Central Committee member and Head of the Civil Affairs Ministry Hussein al-Sheikh, head of the General Intelligence Service Majid al-Faraj, Presidential Advisor for Diplomatic Affairs Majdi al-Khaldi, and the Palestinian ambassador to Paris Salman al-Harfi.

Also in attendance of the meeting were a host of French officials, including French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

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