AFP chief meets Netanyahu, Abbas
Emmanuel Hoog, the chairman and chief executive of Agence France-Presse (AFP), was received Friday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.
Hoog's meeting with Netanyahu was conducted at the Israeli leader's official residence in Jerusalem, while he held talks with Abbas at his Muqata headquarters in Ramallah, in the West Bank.
"We discussed the Arab uprising, Iran, stalled negotiations for peace and the September deadline for international recognition of a Palestinian state," said Hoog.
The meetings were part of a regional tour by the AFP chief which also took him to Lebanon and the Cypriot capital Nicosia, which is the news agency's headquarters for the Middle East.
During his visit, Hoog stressed the importance of AFP's Arabic-language service in a region plagued by historic upheaval, as well as video production which is a priority for the agency.
In Israel, he had the opportunity to interact with members of the Israeli media such as the Yediot Aharonot, Haaretz and Maariv newspapers, public radio and major television networks.
He also met with Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor, responsible for intelligence and atomic energy.
On the Palestinian side, Hoog also met members of the civil society and senior leaders of Fatah, the party of Abbas.
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