Ladies and gentlemen, I had a meeting this afternoon with Mr Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority.
I confirmed to him our wholehearted support for the negotiation process under way between Palestinians and Israelis to find lasting peace based on mutual recognition of the two states.
I also confirmed to him our assistance on the economic front, on the budget front. I shall have the opportunity, by going to Israel and Palestine on 18 and 19 November, to confirm both these principles and the form this support will take.
We also talked about the regional situation. As far as Syria is concerned, we are at a stage when we have to try, in good faith, to put an end to chemical weapons, to enable them to be under international control and destroyed. This is the aim of the talks under way: to keep up the pressure, condemn the use of chemical weapons and bring proceedings against those responsible. There is the inspectors’ report.
If everyone is aware of their responsibility, all this should allow us to put an end to chemical weapons in Syria and find a political solution. I confirmed that France is maintaining pressure.
I want to say to President Mahmoud Abbas once again how grateful we are for what he is doing in the region to enable a resolution finally to be found to what remains a conflict which has gone on far too long./.