German FM heading to Israel, Palestinian territories for talks

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories for talks tomorrow on the escalating conflict in the Middle East, a ministry spokeswoman says.

“The political talks will focus on the current escalation in the Middle East and the international efforts to end the violence,” the spokeswoman says.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks at the foreign ministry in Berlin, on February 24, 2021 (Michael Sohn/Pool/AFP)

Maas will meet Israel’s foreign and defense ministers as well as President Reuven Rivlin. He will also travel to the city of Ramallah to hold talks with the Palestinian premier.

The visit would be the first by a senior European official to Jerusalem over the latest escalation of violence in the Middle East.

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