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Arab League chief, French FM discuss latest developments on Palestinian issue

Cairo Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul-Gheit and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed on Sunday the latest developments on the Palestinian issue, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Secretary General’s spokesman Mahmoud Afifi said, in a statement, that the meeting held at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo was an in-depth dialogue that focused on a number of regional and international issues, particularly the developments in the Middle East and the Palestinian cause. He added that the secretary general affirmed the Arab stance and decisions made in this regard in the recent Arab summit in Saudi Arabia, especially with regard to the status of Jerusalem, which is gaining special importance and sensitivity during the current stage in light of recent US positions.

The Arab League chief stressed the importance of the role that France can play as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and an active state within the framework of international relations as well as at the level of the European Union.

Aboul-Gheit also underscored that France has active actions and contacts in support of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people. He pointed out that France can also pressure the Israeli side to comply with the resolutions of international legitimacy and stop violations committed by the occupation authorities against the Palestinians in the occupied territories.

Also during the meeting, the two sides discussed ways to promote the institutional dialogue between the Arab League and the EU, within which the Arab-European Ministerial Meeting was held in December 2016. They further reviewed means of upgrading this dialogue to be at the summit level in the framework of both bodies’ pursuit to expand cooperation in areas of common interest.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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