President Mahmoud Abbas said, in a press conference on Friday, following his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, in Paris, that the Palestinian leadership is willing to begin confidential or public peace negotiations with Israel.
â€śWe have not rejected negotiations, as the Israelis say, but [Benjamin] Netanyahu always refused,â€ť the President told reporters outside the Elysee Palace, according to WAFA.
He continued, â€śWe have declared our position towards the negotiationsâ€¦ and the Israelis say that the Palestinians reject the negotiations. I challenge them if we were once called for secret or public negotiations in more than one state and we rejected. Rather, Netanyahu always rejected.â€ť
â€śWe are ready to begin negotiations in private or in public, provided that such negotiations be brokered by the Quartet and other countries. We welcome any European or Arab country,â€ť the PA President added.
In response to a question about France’s possible recognition of the State of Palestine, he said: â€śThe French are interested in this matter, are are studying it further. They [the French] believe it is one of the most important issues of interest to them.â€ť
â€śFrance is one of the most important European countries. I think it will lead a European position that we do not know when, and we will not insist on knowing when. But the French president is keen to have a European position capable of playing this role.â€ť
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