Palestinian state 'best way' to resolve conflict with Israel: Biden

Israeli troops clash with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank city of Hebron on Sept 10, 2021. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

NEW YORK (AFP) - United States President Joe Biden said on Tuesday (Sept 21) that a sovereign and democratic Palestinian state is the "best way" to ensure Israel's future.

"We must seek a future of greater peace and security for all people of the Middle East," Mr Biden said in a speech to the UN General Assembly.

"The commitment of the United States to Israel's security is without question and our support for an independent Jewish state is unequivocal," he said.

"But I continue to believe that a two-state solution is the best way to ensure Israel's future as a Jewish democratic state, living in peace alongside a viable, sovereign and democratic Palestinian state," he said.

"We're a long way from that goal at this moment but we should never allow ourselves to give up on the possibility of progress."

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