German Foreign Minister in West Bank: Conflict Mustn't Become Religious

After visit to Ramallah, Frank-Walter Steinmeier is set to meet Sunday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas receives German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Ramallah, Nov. 15, 2014.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas receives German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Ramallah, Nov. 15, 2014.Credit: AP
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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned on Saturday of a deterioration of the situation at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem during a two-day Middle East visit aimed at calming tensions.

“What must not happen is that this political conflict becomes a religious conflict,” Steinmeier said in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

His comments followed a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Israeli-Palestinian tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Steinmeier, who also traveled to Jerusalem on Saturday, said in the holy city that “whoever wants to pray at the Temple Mount should be able to do so undisturbed” while also saying that he would push both sides during his visit to “strive at every opportunity to damp down religious tensions that have sprung up.”

Germany’s top diplomat is slated to meet on Sunday with representatives from the Israeli government, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said he hoped Steinmeier’s talks with Israeli leaders could help ease tensions.

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