Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated on Friday that the PA leadership is “serious” regarding making peace on the basis of the two-state solution, Palsawa.com has reported.
In a joint press conference held with Canadian Governor General David Johnston in Ramallah, Abbas said that he briefed his “honorable guest” about the difficult situation in which the Palestinians live due to the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.
“We seize the opportunity to express our thanks and respect to the Canadians and the Canadian government for their support for the Palestinian economy and building the national institutions,” Abbas said.
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He noted his hopes that mutual cooperation between the two sides will include other fields. “I told the guest that we are always ready to make peace with Israel on the basis of the two-state solution; Palestine and Israel, living in peace, security and good neighbors side-by-side, based on international resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.”
Abbas also reiterated his support for the peace conference which France is planning to hold at the end of this year. “We are sure that Canada will have a positive and supportive role in this issue.”
He concluded that the PA also supports any regional and international effort to fight and uproot the roots of terror, extremism and violence in the region and around the world. “We condemn it, whatever its sources and nature are,” the president added.