France Tells Palestinian Leader of Concern at Mideast Situation

French President Francois Hollande (R) welcomes Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (L) at the Elysee Palace before attending a Unity rally Marche Republicaine on January 11, 2015 in Paris in tribute to the 17 victims of a three-day killing spree by homegrown Islamists.

French President Francois Hollande on Thursday told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas of his concern at the “fragility” of the situation in the Middle East in a context of mounting violence, the president’s office said.

In a statement after the two leaders met in Paris, the French president’s office said France was committed to leading international efforts to help secure peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

“While the latest report from the Quartet shows the two-state solution is under threat by continued settlement-building, there is an urgent need to recreate a political perspective,” the statement added.

With U.S. efforts to broker an accord in deep freeze for two years and Washington focused on its November presidential election, France hosted a conference last month with the aim of breaking the apathy over the impasse and stir new diplomatic momentum.