U.K.'s Hague: Britain Fully Backs U.S.-led Efforts to Restart Israeli-Palestinian Talks

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British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday that London fully backs U.S. efforts to restart negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel.

Hague met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, where the two discussed the latest efforts to revive the stalled peace process.

Abbas stressed to Hague that Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and settler attacks against Palestinian civilians "obstruct international efforts to revive the peace process," according to official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Hague praised efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to revive the peace process, stressing the importance of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, based on a two-state solution with mutually agreed land swaps and Jerusalem as the capital of the two states. He called for a fair and agreed solution to the refugee issue.

Hague warned that the time to instate the two-state solution was running out and has become an "urgent" matter. He said Britain was working with the United States as well as the Palestinians and Israelis to find a solution to the Middle East conflict.

Earlier Thursday, Kerry visited Ramallah and met with Abbas, where the two discussed reviving the peace process.

Palestinian official Yasser Abed Rabbo, who attended the meetings with Kerry and Hague, said that Kerry did not bring forth final steps meant to restart the negotiations.

"I cannot say that Kerry brought with him conclusive and tangible ideas," he said, explaining that the US was still talking to both sides to "narrow the gap between them."

He said Britain and Europe in general want to see the peace process move forward.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, May 23, 2013. Credit: Reuters