Foreign ministers of Germany, Egypt, France and Jordan reiterated their commitment to a two-state solution to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict inissue of a meeting in Munich on Saturday.
A joint statement from ministers says they “will continue to coordinate and consult with a view advancing the Middle East peace process towards a comprehensive and lasting just peace on the base of the two-state solution.”
Express concern face to rising tensions on the ground, they said that “against this context, we recall the urgency of recovery of serious, meaningful and effective discussions directly between the parties or under the aegis of the United Nations, including under the Middle East Quartet.”
They also underlined the importance of creating political and economic horizons in the absence of negotiations.
“In this regard, we would like like to further see mutual trust-building based measures on reciprocal commitments, with a view to the improvement of living conditions of the Palestinian people and restore meaningful negotiations.”
They also called for an end to all unilateral measures that undermine the two-state solution and a lasting peace, including “the building and enlargement of settlements, confiscation of land and eviction of Palestinians from their homes including in East Jerusalem, as well as any act of violence and incitement.”
“In this context, we emphasize that the rights of the residents of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods with regard to their homes must be respected,” they said.
They went on reiterate the importance of maintaining the historical and legal status quo of holy places in Jerusalem.
“We emphasize the importance of all peace treaties between the Arab States and Israel contributing to the resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the base of the two-state solution to achieve a comprehensive and lasting peace,” they concluded.
After Egypt and Jordan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel signed a US-sponsored agreement in September 2020 to normalize their relations. Since then, the two countries exchange official visits by senior officials and have signed dozens of bilateral agreements in various areas, including investment, banking and tourism.
Three other Arab states – Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan – joined the bucket in polemic move known as the Abraham Accords.
Standardization agreements have since drawn widespread condemnation of Palestinians, who say agreements ignore their rights and do not serve Palestinians cause.