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French President, In West Bank, Urges Israeli Settlement Halt

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November 18, 2013 AT 3:53 AM
French President Francois Hollande called on Israel on Monday to halt settlement building on occupied territory, saying it hampers chances for a peace agreement with the Palestinians. "For the sake of peace and to reach a deal, France calls for the total and definitive end to settlement building because it compromises the two-state solution," Hollande said at a news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Hollande held talks on Sunday with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem. He met Abbas in Ramallah, the Palestinian seat of government in the occupied West Bank.