France welcomes the normalization of UAE-Israel relations

14 Aug 2020 / 05:17 H.

    PARIS, Aug 13 (Reuters) - France welcomes the normalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday.

    Israel's decision to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank under the historic agreement is a "positive step", Le Drian said in a statement, adding that the suspension "must become a definitive measure." The accord paved the way for a resumption of talks between Israelis and Palestinians with the aim to establish two states, he said, calling it "the only option" to achieve peace in the region. (Reporting by Henri-Pierre André and Mathieu Rosemain; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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