Finance Minister Yair Lapid told visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Sunday, that he was committed to the peace process with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and that he was concerned that the peace process would be harmed by the European Union's recently-announced policy not to include areas beyond the 1949 Armistice Line in its agreements with Israel. Lapid asked Fabius to do what he could to change or at least freeze the decision as long as the direct talks between Israel and the PA last. The subject was among issues related to promoting economic relations between Israel and France.
Lapid also expressed his concern about the situation in Syria, calling it a tragedy which had to be stopped. Referring to Wednesday's chemical attack in the Damascus area, he said that dangerous regimes, such as that of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, should not have weapons that can harm thousands of innocent civilians.