In shot at US, Norway’s FM says Arab-European leadership ‘best hope’ for two-state solution

Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide attends a ministerial meeting held in Riyadh on April 29, 2024, to discuss the Gaza crisis amid the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and the militant group Hamas. (Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP)
Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide attends a ministerial meeting held in Riyadh on April 29, 2024, to discuss the Gaza crisis amid the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and the militant group Hamas. (Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP)

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — European and Arab foreign ministers met in the Saudi capital to discuss how to join forces on advancing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“If we want to move this two-state solution forward it will not happen from the parties. I do not believe that Israel is ready to negotiate at this point, and I do not think that the US is ready to take the necessary leadership,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide, one of the organizers of the meeting, tells reporters after it concluded.

“So I think an Arab-European leadership is the best we can hope for.”

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