Two-state Solution Necessary Even if Getting Harder, Merkel Says During Abbas Visit

Germany donated 110 million euros ($121.8 million) to the Palestinian Authority last year, making it one of the biggest bilateral donors in the region

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas address the media during a joint statement at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on Thursday, August 29, 2019.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday reaffirmed her support for finding a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during a joint press conference ahead of her meeting with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas.

Merkel said a political solution would have the goal of ensuring that both the Palestinian and the Israeli people live in peace and security and that this was only possible through a two-state solution, "even if this goal seems to be getting harder to reach."

The German chancellor said that Palestinians had a right to leading economic and socially prosperous lives, and that offering economic development perspectives was key for this process.

Merkel said Germany would continue working toward finding a two-state solution, "even knowing that it will be a long and hard road."

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Germany donated 110 million euros ($121.8 million) to the Palestinian Territories last year, making it one of the biggest bilateral donors in the region.

Abbas said his government was prepared to negotiate a two-state solution along the borders from 1967. He said Palestinians were grateful for Merkel's efforts in pushing for multilateral cooperation in finding a solution in order to create peace and stability in the region.

The Palestinian president regretted the U.S. government's position, noting it would not help create peace and security in the Middle East.

"This is why we are demanding that there be negotiations under international supervision," Abbas said, adding that a group of countries from both Europe and the Arab world should mediate between Israel and the Palestinians.