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Merkel voices support for Kerry's Middle East peace bids
Published Saturday 22/02/2014 (updated) 23/02/2014 12:34
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US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) takes notes as German Chancellor
Angela Merkel (R) addresses the press before a meeting at the Chancellery
Jan. 31, 2014 in Berlin, Germany (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
BERLIN (AFP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday she will fully support efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry to relaunch the Middle East peace process during her upcoming visit to Israel.

"We need, as soon as possible, a stable two-country solution, with a Jewish state of Israel and at the same time a state for the Palestinians," Merkel said in her weekly podcast.

"We also support the efforts made by US Secretary of State Kerry (and) I will of course use my stay to bring up this issue with the Israeli prime minister," Benjamin Netanyahu, she added.

Merkel, who will be in Israel Monday and Tuesday, recalled that for historical reasons Germany was particularly committed to Israel's right to exist.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Friday that US attempts to forge an agreement on a framework for peace talks with Israel had so far failed but that the efforts are "extremely serious."

Abbas met with Kerry twice in Paris this week in what a US official described as "constructive" talks.

The top US diplomat has spent months trying to get the Israelis and the Palestinians to agree on a framework to guide talks towards a full peace treaty, but the negotiations have shown little sign of progress, with each side blaming the other.

Germany and Israel have held regular "government consultations" since 2008, an arrangement where the two sides meet at regular intervals to discuss specific topics.

Merkel's visit will be the fifth such meeting between Germany and Israel. The last one was held in Berlin in December 2012.
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1 ) ian / australia
23/02/2014 00:00
Just as long as she doesn't voice it in German because they don't like that.

2 ) Mel / USA
23/02/2014 19:54
AW, how cozy a picture! Two of those responsible for the coup in Ukraine(& arming/funding Syrian AQ/Nusra).Heck,all that's missing from the picture is Victoria Nuland & her Kagan-Cookies, & raisin-brain John McCain!That reminds me,where is Joe Lieberman lately? Gone for a vaction with Lindsey-loo Graham,LOL! I wonder if USG/Germany are going to pay for all the Ukrainian Jewish fascist flights to ISRAEL,to fill the colonies,too? Look out Palestine!

3 ) shirley / australia
24/02/2014 02:32
merkel helped us eu get control of ukraine she is azionist acloset facist she does not represent germany she wanted afghan war for yrs to continue and helped obamas troop surge she is anti russia and got dirt on hezbollah she once stated that pals have to relenquish more to isreal and stop their greed and demands the eu is controlled by zionists she is happy to let eu us war criminals escape justice while demanding germans hand more to isreal she is sheer evilPA are idiots trust eu it was atrap
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