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EU envoy urges Israel PM to commit to Palestinian state

Visiting EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Thursday urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to commit to a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.

world Updated: Jun 11, 2009 12:26 IST

Visiting EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Thursday urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to commit to a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.

“I would like to hear a speech in which there’s a commitment of the government to the two-state solution, a commitment of the government on the question of settlements and a commitment to re-initiate relations with the Palestinians,” Solana told journalists.

“This is what we expect to hear and I am sure that we will hear something of that nature,” said Solana, who is due to meet Netanyahu later Thursday.

The hawkish Netanyahu, who has refused to publicly endorse a two-state solution, is due to outline his government’s policies on the peace process at a speech on Sunday.

Solana is also due to hold talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Thursday.

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