European Union Welcomes Trump 'Efforts' Toward Two-state Solution

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Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron at the Biarritz lighthouse, France, Aug. 24, 2019.
Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron at the Biarritz lighthouse, France, Aug. 24, 2019.Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

U.S. President Donald Trump's proposals to create a Palestinian state for Middle East peace are a chance to re-launch talks towards "a viable solution" for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the European Union said in a statement.

The initiative "provides an occasion to re-launch the urgently needed efforts towards a negotiated and viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," the EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell said on behalf of the bloc, adding that the EU would need to study and assess Trump's proposals.

However, the EU cautioned that Israel and the Palestinians needed to show "a genuine commitment to the two-state solution as the only realistic way to end the conflict." 

Also Wednesday, France said it welcomed Trump’s latest efforts to strike a peace deal between Israel and Palestine, and added that Paris would have to study the proposals closely.

“France welcomes President Trump’s efforts and will study closely the peace program he has presented,” said a statement from the French foreign ministry, which also reiterated France’s desire for a two-state solution on Israel and Palestine.

Trump on Tuesday proposed creating a Palestinian state as part of a Middle East peace plan, drawing Palestinian condemnation for imposing strict conditions and agreeing to let Israel annex West Bank settlements and territories.

The map of Israel and Palestine as proposed in Donald Trump's peace plan.Credit:

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