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French FM heads to Israel to obtain 'ceasefire'

Last modified: 18 Nov 2012 09:45

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius left Paris Sunday for Israel "to call on all the parties to stop the escalation and offer France's help to reach an immediate ceasefire," his ministry said.

During his one-day trip, the minister will meet with the Israeli authorities and Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas, his ministry said in a statement.

"This visit prepared in coordination with our principal regional and international partners, will be the occasion for talks" with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, his ministry said.

The visit had been announced from Israel.

Fabius will travel to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and will visit Ramallah, in the West Bank, to meet Abbas, Palestinian and French officials said.