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Germany & Israel to discuss stalled Mideast peace process

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, President Isaac Herzog, and Foreign Minister Jair Lapid for talks in Jerusalem on Sunday. They will discuss the stalemate in the Middle East peace process.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss the stalemate in the Middle East peace process during her visit to Israel over the weekend, her spokesman said Friday.

Speaking at a news conference in Berlin, Steffen Seibert said: “The subject of Palestine, the subject of the peace process, the subject of the negotiated two-state solution, of which, however, nothing is to be seen at the moment, that always travels with us because it is one of the important subjects alongside bilateral relations.”

Seibert added: “This means that the chancellor will also express her conviction on this subject in talks with the Israeli interlocutors.”

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Merkel is scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, President Isaac Herzog, and Foreign Minister Jair Lapid for talks in Jerusalem on Sunday. The German leader will also meet with the Israeli cabinet members during her Oct. 9-11 visit.

The chancellor is also scheduled to lay a wreath in the presence of Bennett at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.

At a ceremony in Jerusalem, Merkel will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.

According to the program, Merkel will also join a roundtable with representatives of the Institute for National Security Studies from Tel Aviv on Monday.

Meanwhile, Seibert reiterated the chancellor would not visit the Palestinian-run territories when she will be in Israel. The chancellor’s last visit to the West Bank was in 2006.

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Sworn in in mid-June, the new Israeli coalition government is supported by a total of eight parties from the right to the left, including an Arab party for the first time. This marked the end of the era of long-term right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had been in office without a break since 2009.

Anadolu with additional input by GVS News Desk

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