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French President Concerned Over Israeli Plan to Annex Palestinian Territories

French President Concerned Over Israeli Plan to Annex Palestinian Territories

Tuesday, 17 September, 2019 - 10:00
A Jordanian flag hangs on a bridge leading from Israel to Jordan in the Jordan valley area called Baqura (File Photo: AP)
Amman, Paris- Asharq Al-Awsat
French President Emmanuel Macron and Jordan’s King Abdallah expressed Monday their shared concern over Israeli comments on the annexation of Palestinian territories, the French presidency said in a statement.

The two leaders reaffirmed there was no alternative to the two states solution and “agreed to stay in close contact over the coming weeks to avoid any dangerous escalation of tensions,” added the Elysee.

Jordan’s Royal Court issued a statement saying King Abdullah discussed bilateral ties and means to bolster cooperation in all areas during a phone call with French President.

The phone call covered regional developments, as the King called for “concerted international efforts in rejection of all unilateral measures that could undermine the two-state solution—the only solution to the conflict,” according to the Royal Court.

The King asserted that this will lead to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 4 June 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side with Israel in peace and security.

King Abdullah lauded the position of France and EU in support of the two-state solution, stressing the importance of uniting international positions in this regard.

A week ago, Netanyahu pledged to annex the Jordan Valley, an agricultural area, if he wins the elections.

Netanyahu's vow, if realized, affects 65,000 Palestinians living in the region, according to the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, B'Tselem.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office announced that the Israeli government recognized an illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank.

The office said that during its weekly session in the Jordan Valley, the Israeli government agreed to “transform the informal settlement of Mivot Jericho in the Jordan Valley into an official settlement.”

Established in 1999, with around 30 families living there, the Jordan Valley is a 120-km strategic area located along the eastern border with Jordan. It is considered a security and economic strategic area for its water and agricultural value.

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