Resumption of Middle East Talks: Statement by Foreign Minister Westerwelle

Jul 20, 2013

Foreign Minister Westerwelle issued the following statement on the Middle East peace process today:

"I welcome the agreement on the resumption of Middle East peace talks. This is an excellent outcome of the intensive mediation efforts undertaken by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Given the stalemate in the Middle East peace process in recent years, it may be the first step towards a breakthrough.

I hope the negotiations can actually begin soon. This is a historic opportunity, which both sides should grasp with courage and determination.

Together with its European partners, Germany will actively support the negotiating process."

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