Israel PM to visit London, Paris for talks

26th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Britain and France next week for talks on the peace process, his office said Tuesday.

"The prime minister will meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy and discuss diplomatic issues with them," the statement said.

No dates or other details were given in the statement.

Israeli media said Netanyahu would try to convince them not to recognise a unilaterally declared Palestinian state.

Last week, the French and British envoys to the United Nations indicated their governments would consider such a move as a way to relaunch the peace process.

Following the breakdown of direct talks last September, the Palestinians adopted a diplomatic strategy aimed at securing UN recognition of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.

They are expected to seek such recognition in September, when the UN General Assembly holds its annual meeting.

Israel and the United States oppose such a move, arguing a real solution can only be reached through negotiations.

Netanyahu is to outline his bid to tempt the Palestinians back to talks during a US visit in May.

The US Republican party leadership has invited the Israeli leader to address a joint meeting of the US Senate and House of Representatives.

© 2011 AFP

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