On the evening of Saturday, may 14, arrives in Israel, French foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. His visit aims to promote the French initiative for a peaceful settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
On the morning of 15 may, the French foreign Minister is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. Later he will travel to Ramallah for talks with Palestinian leaders.
French peace initiative involves the creation of two equally sovereign States. This conference has the objective to develop procedures and to set deadlines.
France plans to hold in late may, first conference, without the participation of Israel and Palestinian representatives, to lay the foundations for the second, more large-scale conference with the participation of Israelis, Palestinians, representatives of Russia and the United States and the League of Arab States.
Le Monde reported on 14 may that the UK and Russia have not yet confirmed their participation in the first conference, scheduled for may 30.
The Israeli leadership has previously rejected the French proposal, stressing that the best way for a peaceful settlement of direct bilateral negotiations. The President of the Palestinian authority, Mahmoud Abbas, by contrast, supported the Paris initiative.