United States – Middle East Peace Process: speech by John Kerry - Statement by Jean Marc Ayrault (28 December 2016)


I welcome John Kerry’s clear, courageous, and engaged speech in support of peace in the Middle East and the two-state solution, with Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in peace and security.

France shares the U.S. Secretary of State’s conviction that it is necessary and urgent to implement the two-state solution. It was because France, too, saw that this solution was in jeopardy that it took the initiative of hosting an initial international conference last June and will again host its partners in Paris on January 15.

Many of the ideas expressed by John Kerry are useful and necessary reminders that will help advance the cause of peace in this region that has experienced so much suffering. As always, France stands ready to contribute to this effort.