Abbas, Netanyahu officially invited to Paris for peace discussion

2016-12-09 11:19:37 GMT2016-12-09 19:19:37(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

RAMALLAH, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- France has officially invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Paris on Dec. 22, Israel Radio's Arabic service reported Friday.

"President Abbas accepted the invitation," the radio quoted Abbas aide Nabil Abu Rdineh as saying.

Abbas' visit to Paris coincides with an international conference in the city to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the aide added.

The radio also said that Israeli prime minister received an invitation on the same day, adding that Netanyahu had no plan to meet Abbas even if he decided to visit Paris.

Earlier this year, France called for an international peace conference to resolve the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Palestinians accepted the proposal, but Israel rejected it and the United States expressed reservations.

The latest round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, brokered by the United States, collapsed in April 2014 without achieving any breakthrough.