A high-level French diplomat on Sunday has denied any news regarding France halting the French peace summit that is set to take place in December, saying it will go on whether “with or without Israel.”
The statement, released by the French embassy in Tel Aviv, comes after the Israeli newspaper, Ynet, published news claiming that France will stop efforts to hold the peace summit.
The French consul in Jerusalem, Pierre Cochard said that “as [French president] mentioned in his address to the General Assembly of the United Nations on 20 September, the French objective is to convene an international conference to help revive the peace process in the Middle East.
“We work closely with our partners and with the parties to this end. After working visits to Israel and the Palestinian territories, the special envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pierre Vimont, has just visited the United States. It will continue this work on future trips to the main partner countries,” Cochard added.
Meanwhile, Israel said it will not participate in the summit since it goes against its official stance, and “enables Palestinians to avoid direct negotiations without preconditions. In addition, a statement from Netanyahu’s office called on France not to promote such an initiative.
The conference amis to revive the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and end the Israeli occupation. It has had a strong support from the Palestinian officials, and strong opposition from the Israeli side.