The Straits Times
Published on Nov 18, 2012

French Foreign Minister heads to Israel to obtain "ceasefire"


PARIS (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius left Paris on Sunday for Israel "to call on all the parties to stop the escalation and offer France's help to reach an immediate ceasefire", his ministry said.

During his one-day trip, the minister will meet with the Israeli authorities and Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas, his ministry said in a statement.

"This visit prepared in coordination with our principal regional and international partners, will be the occasion for talks" with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, his ministry said.

The visit had been announced from Israel.