President Abbas Reiterates to German Guest Commitment to Peace Process

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Ramallah, MINA – President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated to the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Monday his commitment to the peace process and the two-state solution, Palestinian new agency WAFA reported on Monday.

Speaking at a press conference with Heiko at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, Foreign Minister Riyad Malki said Abbas briefed his German guest on the latest in the developments on the ground, particularly following the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which he said led the Palestinians to reject a US role in the peace process with Israel.

“Palestine supports the two-state solution and is committed to direct negotiations with Israel,” President Abbas told Heiko, according to Malki. But this has to come through a multilateral peace conference to push for negotiations based on United Nations resolutions.

Malki said President Abbas expressed Palestine’s appreciation for Germany and its support for the Palestinians and the peace process.

Haiko said Germany supports the two state solution and negotiations, stressing that “it will be difficult without a role for the US on the table.”

He expressed hope that the Palestinians and Israel could one day live in peace, adding that there should be a majority of people supporting the two-state solution, “but this will not be easy,” he said. (T/RS5/RS1)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)