Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Jordan, France and Germany Tuesday affirmed that they won’t recognize any changes to the 1967 borders that aren’t agreed upon by both parties in the conflict.
“We would not recognize any changes to the 1967 borders that are not agreed by both parties in the conflict,” stressed Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry, Jordan’s foreign minister Ayman al-Safadi, France’s foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas in a statement issued after they discussed Israel’s illegal annexation move via video conference.
“We exchanged views on the current state of the Middle East Peace Process and its regional implications. We concur that any annexation of Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 would be a violation of international law and imperil the foundations of the peace process,” they stated in the joint statement.
“We also concur that such a step would have serious consequences for the security and stability of the region, and would constitute a major obstacle to efforts aimed at achieving a comprehensive and just peace. It could also have consequences for the relationship with Israel,” they added.
The foreign ministers underlined their “firm commitment to a negotiated two-state-solution based on international law and the relevant UN resolutions, noting that they discussed how to “re-start a fruitful engagement between the Israeli and the Palestinian side, and offer the support in facilitating a path to negotiations.”