Hollande to meet Abbas, push for peace summit

France, PA schedule second meeting of high-level officials in April as plans for peace summit gain momentum.

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French President Francois Hollande
French President Francois Hollande
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet France's Francois Hollande in Paris later this month to discuss a new French push for peace, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

Abbas "will have an important meeting with President Francois Hollande to discuss convening an international peace conference in accordance with the French initiative," Palestinian Authority presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP.

Abbas will travel to France on April 15, before heading to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and discuss "the evolution of the political situation in Palestine and the region", he said.

Abu Rudeina said Abbas would also travel to Berlin for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel before flying to New York to attend meetings at the United Nations, but he did not provide exact dates.

France launched an effort earlier this year to host an international conference to revive peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian Authority leaders.

France initially vowed to recognize a Palestinian state if talks failed, but French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault later said the recognition would not be automatic.

"France plays an important role in efforts to establish a fair, comprehensive and durable peace in accordance with international resolutions," Abu Rudeina said.

The French initiative comes amid an ongoing wave of violence since September that has killed dozens of Israelis and left hundreds wounded.

The planned meeting between Abbas and Hollande will be the second high-level meeting between French and Palestinian Authority officials regarding the proposed peace initiative.

Late last month Ayrault announced he was planning a visit to Ramallah in April to meet with this Palestinian Authority counterpart, Riyad Al-Maliki.

AFP contributed to this report