Libya takes part in Paris Middle East Summit

Libya’s GNA Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Serraj

A major international conference to try to kick-start peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians is under way in the French capital, Paris.

Delegates from 70 nations are expected to reaffirm support for a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, according to the BBC.

The Libyan Prime Minister of the Presidential Council of the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA) is also present to assert Libya’s stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Palestinians have welcomed the meeting but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who is not attending – says the conference is “futile”, according to the BBC.

The last round of direct peace talks collapsed amid acrimony in April 2014.

Israel and the Palestinians have been invited to hear the conclusions of the meeting, but not to participate in the summit itself, said the BBC.

It comes at a time of tension between Israel and the international community after the UN passed a resolution last month denouncing Israel’s settlement activity on occupied land, added the BBC.

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