ROME, JANUARY 13 – Ahead of a international Mideast peace summit in Paris, the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Rome. Alfano reiterated to the Palestinian leader Italy’s commitment in trying to recreate a political climate conducive for the two-state solution.
During the talks, the Italian Minister confirmed the Italian position on Israeli settlements and for the respect of international law. He also underlined the importance that condemnation statements of all acts of violence made by the Palestinian leadership are matched by concrete actions and by strategies to reject every form of violence.
France is hosting more than 70 countries at a Mideast peace summit this weekend. According to a draft statement obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, the conference will urge Israel and the Palestinians “to officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution.” Neither Abbas nor Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are attending the conference.
“Italy, together with the international community, continues to support the framework of the two States as the only feasible solution to put an end to the conflict between Israel and Palestine,” said Minister Alfano. He underlined that “acts of violence and terror inflame the region and must be harshly condemned.”
Minister Alfano added that “throughout the years, Italy has demonstrated its support regarding the enhancement of Palestinian capabilities with an allocation of over 240 million euros from 2005 to date. Italy will continue this support with the aim of totally rehabilitating a just and durable peace, based on the solution of two States.”
President Abbas called on the international community “to strongly express its support for actions to facilitate the solution of the dispute between Israel and Palestine, hoping that the Paris Conference may provide a positive contribution.” (@alebal)