Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated during a press conference in Brussels, on Wednesday evening, that the Palestinian Authority supports the â€śFrench Initiative,â€ť and all the efforts by the European Union, aiming at reaching a comprehensive peace agreement.
His statements came during a press conference with Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission.
Abbas expressed his gratitude to the European Union for its continued support to the Palestinian Authority, and thanked France for its efforts to reach a comprehensive peace agreement in coordination with European countries.
The President also thanked the Quartet Committee, Arab countries, and all states that participated in the Paris conference earlier this month.
â€śWe are seeking real and comprehensive peace that guarantees security for all, and leads to the full Israeli withdrawal from all the occupied territories,â€ť Abbas said, â€śWe want our people to live in peace in their independent, sovereign state, next to a secure Israel.â€ť
Abbas added that if Israel is really interested in peace and security with the Palestinians, and all Arab neighbors, it must end its illegal occupation, and its escalating violations.
â€śIsrael must end the occupation, withdraw from our land, and fully recognize our legitimate, internationally guaranteed rights,â€ť the Palestinian President said, â€śOnly then, the implementation of the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002, and all related initiative, United Nations and Security Council resolutions, will be possible.â€ť