In Ramallah, at a joint press conference with Sigmar Gabriel, the head of the Palestinian national authority Mahmoud Abbas said that he hoped the mediation of Germany and France in the negotiations with Israel. This was reported by the official Palestinian news Agency Wafa.
«Of course, the peace talks should be continued. And we expect Germany and France,» said Abbas after a meeting with the foreign Minister of Germany. According to Abbas, the Quartet, which includes the US, Russia, EU and UN should continue its mission, but also of the Quartet Ramallah I would like to see in the media «a number of Arab and European countries».
After Ramallah, Sigmar Gabriel spoke at the Congress of the INSS (Institute for national security studies) in Herzliya, where he said: «We are looking forward to the day when we can move our Embassy to Jerusalem.» The German politician said that the Embassy will be transferred only after the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem. The German foreign Minister also added that he is concerned about the long-term strategy of Israel concerning the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. «Europe more and more disillusioned with the attitude of Israel and its actions,» he added.
Wednesday, January 31, foreign Minister of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, has arrived in Israel for a short official visit. In the evening he has to fly to Berlin.
His visit began with a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu. The press service of the Prime Minister of Israel announced that «the meeting discussed efforts to stabilize the situation in the region, which are becoming more intense because of the aggression of Iran in Syria and Lebanon, and also discussed the resumption of negotiations between Jerusalem and Ramallah». The press service added that Netanyahu thanked Germany for its commitment to Israel’s security.
Last time, Sigmar Gabriel, visited Israel in April 2017. His visit was accompanied by a scandal. Netanyahu also heads the Israeli foreign Ministry demanded in an ultimatum from the German colleagues to cancel the meeting with activists of the leftist Israeli organizations, but he refused to comply with the requirement. In response, Netanyahu refused to meet with Gabriel. When Benjamin Netanyahu called Sigmar Gabriel to explain his position, he answered the phone.
On the eve of the April visit of Sigmar Gabriel, Der Spiegel reported crisis in relations between Israel and Berlin. Edition among other things protsetirovat interview, which gave the Israeli Ambassador in Berlin, Yaakov Hadas-Handelsman Deutsche Presse-Agentur. The German Ambassador said to journalists that Israel needs the help of the German mediator in the negotiations with the Palestinians. «We know that we don’t need a mediator,» — said the diplomat.
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