France’s Fabius says frozen peace process could reignite violence

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warned Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday that the stalemate in the peace process risks setting the conflict “ablaze” and urged both sides to return to the negotiating table quickly.

He spoke in Cairo in advance of his arrival in Israel for a meeting on Sunday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

“We have to do the maximum so that the two sides restart negotiations,” Fabius told reporters after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. “We think that by doing nothing there will the twin risk of stalemate and setting [the conflict] ablaze.”


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