Meeting Abbas, Germany's Merkel Says 'No Reasonable Alternative' to Two-state Solution

chancellor says she is 'very concerned about developments in the West Bank, which are leading to an erosion of the basis for a two-state solution.'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrive at a press conference ahead of talks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Berlin, on March 24, 2017.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she was concerned about Israel's building of settlements in the occupied West Bank, which she said was undermining progress towards a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinian territories. 

"As before, I see no reasonable alternative to the goal of a two-state solution," Merkel told reporters before holding talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Berlin. 

On the issue of the settlements, she added: "I am very concerned about developments in the West Bank, which are leading to an erosion of the basis for a two-state solution."