Mideast needs Israel-Palestinian deal 'more than ever': France
RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - A succesful outcome to the US-brokered negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians would be like a "thunderbolt" for peace in the crisis-ridden Middle East, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Saturday.
"Even if we speak of other neighbouring countries - the dramatic conflict in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt - the fact remains that the Israeli-Palestinian issue is one of the issues, perhaps the central one, for the region," he said in the West Bank city of Ramallah, after meeting Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.
"In a particularly troubled regional environment, it is even more important that we advance towards peace here," Fabius said.
"If these negotiations are successful, it will be a thunderbolt for peace...a great stabilising element."