Egypt, France, Germany, and Jordan reaffirm their commitment to a two-state solution

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Egypt, France, Germany, and Jordan have expressed their support for two-state peace negotiations between Palestine and Israel. The four countries “support all efforts to achieve a just, lasting, and comprehensive peace that fulfills the legitimate rights of all parties on the basis of the two-state solution, in accordance with international law, relevant UN resolutions, and agreed parameters, including the Arab Peace Initiative,” according to a statement released by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs following a meeting of foreign ministers on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

The ministerial group met before in Amman on September 24, 2020, Cairo on January 11, 2021, and Paris on March 11, 2021. The latest meeting, according to the statement, addressed rising tensions on the ground. “Against this backdrop, we emphasize the importance of resuming serious, meaningful, and successful consultations and negotiations between the parties or under the auspices of the United Nations, including the Middle East Quartet.” “Creating political and economic horizons” was also emphasized in the statement.

“In that context, we would want to see more mutual confidence-building measures based on reciprocal agreements, with the goal of improving Palestinian people’s living conditions and resuming substantive talks.” “All unilateral measures that undermine the two-state solution and the prospects for a just and lasting peace, in particular the building and expansion of settlements, land confiscation and eviction of Palestinians from their homes, including in East Jerusalem, as well as any acts of violence and incitement, must be avoided,” the four ministers said.

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The rights of inhabitants in the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan areas in terms of property ownership “must be protected,” according to the statement, which also stressed the need of “maintaining the historic and legal status quo of Jerusalem’s sacred sites.”
“We emphasize the ancient Hashemite custodianship of Jerusalem’s sacred sites in this regard.”

According to the statement, support is needed for “UNRWA’s critical role and the need to give it with the political and financial support it requires to continue to execute its UN mandate and deliver vital services to refugees.” It also emphasized the significance of “all Arab-Israeli peace treaties contributing to the resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli problem on the basis of the two-state solution in order to establish comprehensive and durable peace.”

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