Macron urges Abbas to reform Palestinian Authority with ‘prospect of recognition’ if he does

French President Emmanuel Macron urges Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to “implement necessary reforms,” offering the “prospect of recognition of the state of Palestine” during a phone call Wednesday, his office says.

Macron “highlighted France’s commitment to building a common vision of peace with European and Arab partners, offering security guarantees for Palestinians and Israelis,” as well as “making the prospect of recognition of a state of Palestine part of a useful process,” Macron’s Elysee Palace says.

Earlier, Macron accused fellow European Union members Spain and Ireland of recognizing Palestinian statehood as part of “political positioning,” instead of seeking a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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