Spanish Foreign Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, stated Tuesday that Spain will cooperate with the United States in order to revive the Middle East peace process, when its hold the rotating presidency of the European Union in the first half of next year.At a press conference with the Lebanese president, Michael Suleiman, in Madrid, Zapatero said that the solution of the Middle East issue should include the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Suleiman is currently on an official visit to Madrid.

The Palestinian-Israeli talks were halted after Israel waged its war on Gaza earlier this year.

The Palestinian Authority refuses to resume peace talks with Israel until it halts all of its settlement activities in the occupied West Bank and in occupied East Jerusalem.

Israel still rejects to recognize the Palestinian right of an independent, sovereign and viable Palestinian state.