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Israel-Palestine Talks Reach Progress at Paris Meeting

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Paris conference concerning Israeli-Palestinian conflict devoted to a peace process, which is why bilateral constructive dialogue can be possible.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls attends the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France, July 6, 2016. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The possibility of direct Israeli-Palestinian talks is growing as certain progress was reached at the Paris conference devoted to the peace process, the Egyptian parliament speaker told Sputnik.

In early June, the French capital hosted the conference aimed at the resumption of the stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The conference's participants, including EU member states, the Arab countries and the United Nations discussed ways in which the international community could help advance the Palestinian-Israel peace process. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi proposed to host direct negotiations between two countries.

"I want to note there are positive signals from the Israeli and Palestinian sides. There are prospects for the direct talks between parties," Ali Abdel Aal said.

Relations between Israel and Palestine have been wrecked for decades, as Palestinians have been seeking diplomatic recognition for their independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which is partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip. The State of Palestine is recognized by 137 countries, including Russia, according to the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations.

The most recent round of peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians was initiated by the United States in mid-2013 but ended in a deadlock almost a year later.

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