Hollande Urges Israel, Palestinians to Resume 'Unconditional' Talksإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks without any conditions, while criticizing continued Israeli occupation.
"Only negotiations can lead to a definitive solution," he said after his first direct meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris.
"These negotiations are hoped for and awaited."
He said the two countries had "divergences on occupation, which we want to see halted."
Direct peace talks have been on hold for more than two years, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refusing to negotiate as long as Israel continues to build and approve new Jewish settlements.