France says ready to host Mideast peace conference
France is ready to host a Middle East peace conference before the end of July in a bid to kickstart stalled negotiations, France's foreign minister said on Thursday.
Speaking in Ramallah after talks with Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad, France's top diplomat Alain Juppe said Paris was willing to turn a planned July donors meeting into a broader peace conference.
"We would be prepared, on the basis of a request by the (Mideast) Quartet, to organise in Paris..., before the end of July, a conference that would not be simply for the donors but a broader political conference involving the negotiation process," he said.
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