Arab Peace Offer to Israel ‘Still Valid,’ Al-Jubeir Says

An offer made by Arab countries in 2002 to normalize ties with Israel in exchange for its withdrawal from occupied Palestinian territories “is still valid” and “remains the basis for negotiations,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said.

Speaking in Paris after meeting French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, al-Jubeir said the parameters of a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians “is very clear, it’s just a question of how we get there.”

Ayrault said the countries that met June 3 in Paris as part of a French initiative to revive the peace process will convene again in New York in September on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. He said an Egyptian offer to facilitate direct talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis is “complementary” to France’s effort. Al-Jubeir said diplomatic efforts need to be “consolidated.”

On Sunday, a senior Israeli official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was trying to nudge peace efforts in the direction of regional talks. Netanyahu opposes the French initiative.

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