Events show need for Mideast breakthrough: Hague

10th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Events unfolding in Egypt underscore the need for a breakthrough in the Middle East peace process, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Thursday.

"What's happening in Egypt could affect the peace process, but it has also shown the necessity to make a breakthrough in the peace process," said Hague after talks with Bahrain Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad al-Khalifa.

"And Palestinians and Israelis should go back to the negotiations... to achieve a two-state solution," he added.

Bahrain was the final stage of a three-day tour of North Africa and the Middle East that took Hague to Tunisia, Jordan, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates.

His talks in Bahrain, where he also met King Hamad, focused on "greater political openness and economic development in the Middle East," the Foreign Office website ( said.

Fielding questions on Twitter (#askFS) later on Thursday, Hague said developments in the region "definitely makes the need for a two-state solution more urgent -- before it gets even harder to achieve."

"We can't impose peace," he also said. "Has to be a willing agreement that both sides enter into and believe in."

© 2011 AFP

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