The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - May 21, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Israel – Palestinian Territories

◢  UN General Assembly

Israel – Palestinian Territories

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Sunday, May 17 that the time had come to annex parts of the West Bank. Following Israel's announcement regarding the Palestinian Territories, Mahmoud Abbas announced Palestine's withdrawal from all agreements concluded with Israel and the United States. Can you comment on this decision by Palestine?

As the minister for Europe and foreign affairs reaffirmed, France is committed to a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With this in mind, France calls on all parties to abide by the agreements concluded and to refrain from any unilateral measures. France reaffirms its attachment to the two-state solution. France stands ready to support any effort to relaunch negotiations between the parties - the only way to achieve regional peace, security and stability.

UN General Assembly

UN Secretary-General António Guterres suggested considering the possibility of holding the General Assembly session in September without the personal involvement of leaders, heads of government and ministers and of delivering prerecorded speeches. What do you think about this initiative?

The UN General Assembly's high-level session is a key event in terms of multilateral diplomacy. We are attached to it because it actively supports multilateralism. We are satisfied that the UN secretary-general is seeking to preserve this diplomatic event and to adapt the conditions for holding it despite the context and current constraints in New York. In this context, we will carefully consider the secretary-general's proposals with respect to the holding of the forthcoming high-level session.

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