Alfano meets with Mahmud Abbas, support for 2-state solution

Palestinian president in Rome for institutional meetings

13 January, 18:50

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JANUARY 13 - Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano met Thursday evening with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, who is visiting Rome for a series of institutional meetings, and expressed his support for the two-state solution.

    "Italy, together with the international community, continues to support the two-state scheme as the only practical solution to put an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," Alfano said.

    "Acts of violence and terrorism inflame the territory and must be strongly condemned," he said.

    Alfano emphasized that statements by the Palestinian leadership condemning violence must be accompanied by concrete actions and strategies to repudiate incitement.

    Alfano confirmed Italy's position on settlements and respect for international law.

    "Italy has shown its support and solidarity in terms of strengthening Palestinian capability over the years with a commitment of more than 240 million euros from 2005 to today, and it will continue to do its part to fully rehabilitate the possibility of a just and lasting peace, based on the two-state solution," Alfano said.

    The Palestinian president called on the international community to put more effort into facilitating a breakthrough in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and said he hoped the Paris conference would "bring a positive contribution to this".(ANSAmed).

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