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France's Macron plans Mideast trip to push peace process

French President Emmanuel Macron addresses a speech during the annual gathering of French Ambassadors at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Yoan Valat/Pool

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron will travel to the Middle East next spring, in a trip including Israel and the Palestinian territories, to help the peace process in the region and promote a two-state solution.

“We will continue our efforts with the United Nations to find a two-state solution, Israel and Palestine, living safely side-by-side within borders recognized by the international community, with Jerusalem at the capital of both states,” he told a gathering of French ambassadors.

Besides Israel and the Palestinian territories, Macron said the trip will include Lebanon and Jordan.

Reporting by Marine Pennetier, John Irish, and Jean-Baptiste Vey; writing by Michel Rose

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