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Macron to hold brief talks with Netanyahu June 5 in Paris

PARIS, French President Emmanuel Macron will hold brief talks in Paris June 5 with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, official sources said on Thursday.

The talks come in the wake of an Israeli announcement to build more illegal settlements, a move France has condemned.

The Elysee Palace revealed that the French and Israeli leaders will meet for only one hour on Tuesday evening next week before hosting a joint press conference.

Macron’s office has qualified the meeting as a “working visit” by Netanyahu, but did not comment on the potential agenda.

The French Foreign Ministry earlier today condemned Israel’s decision to build 2,000 illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, a decision that will be seen as an additional provocation at a time of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

France has consistently condemned Israel’s settlement policy, noting that it is illegal under international law and risks compromising efforts to achieve a two-State solution to the conflict.

Source: Kuwait News Agency