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July 31, 2013 12:02 pm

French President to Visit Israel by ‘End of the Year’

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Israeli President Shimon Peres with French President Francois Hollande Paris 8/3/2013. Photo: Moshe Milner GPO.

French President Francois Hollande will visit Israel by the end of the year, the country’s foreign minister said Tuesday, according to French media reports.

Speaking to reporters, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius welcomed the resumption of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority this week in Washington and said he would be going to Israel in early September.

“The president will go at the end of the year,” he added.

Fabius said that although France was not taking part in the negotiations currently taking place between Israeli Justice Minister and chief negotiator Tzipi Livni and her Palestinian counterpart Saeb Erakat, “We continue to have close relations with the Palestinians and the Israelis.”

He also said France was “pinning hope” on the talks , and urged the two sides to make “reasonable compromises.”

“We know they will be extremely difficult,” he said.

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  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Why? Hollande and his next of vipers cut their political teeth being far left antisemites. Why even let them in.

  • aall55

    “Article published the Tuesday 30 July 2013 –

    France on Tuesday called for the release of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius :

    “We condemn the violence… We call for dialogue and for the release of president Morsi,” Laurent Fabius told reporters in Paris. “