French foreign minister calls US position on Israeli-Palestinian conflict 'confusing'

Jean-Marc Ayrault said he has reaffirmed to his US counterpart that France sees no other possibility than a two-state solution.

The US position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is "confused and concerning," France's foreign minister said Thursday after meeting with his American counterpart in Germany.

"I now have a bit more clarity," said Jean-Marc Ayrault after the meeting, "but I still find the policy on the Israeli-Palestinian issue very confusing." These comments come a day after US President Donald Trump broke from the traditional US commitment to a two-state solution.

Ayrault added that he reaffirmed France's stance to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "I wanted to remind him … that in France's view there are no other options than the vision of a two-state solution," he said. "The other option Mr. Tillerson brought up was not realistic, fair or balanced."

During a joint press conference on Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump was asked about his administration's stance on the issue and said, "I am looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like."

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