Polish FM praises Trump's peace plan

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Efforts by US President Donald Trump's administration to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are commendable, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz declared on Wednesday.

"I commend the efforts of President Donald Trump's administration aimed at resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I took note of the unveiling of the political part of the peace plan. Together with its economic component, it constitutes a valuable basis for an in-depth discussion between two parties of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," Czaputowicz wrote in a statement on the peace plan proposal for Israel and Palestine.

The Polish minister added that he hoped "that such a dialogue takes place shortly and that it will lead to reaching an agreement which would satisfy the legitimate aspirations of both Israel and Palestine, in line with internationally agreed parameters and in respect for international law. I call upon all engaged partners to constructively analyze the proposed ideas."

Minister Czaputowicz wrote that Poland, as a member of the European Union, co-founder of the Warsaw Process, as well as a reliable member of the international community "stands ready to support the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue."

"At the same time we consistently remain of the view that real peace can be achieved only on the basis of voluntary agreement of both parties," the Polish foreign minister concluded.

In the Tuesday-announced peace plan for the Middle East, President Trump called for the setting up of two separate countries - the State of Israel and the State of Palestine with a capital in East Jerusalem. The plan doubles the size of Palestinian territories, but Israel is to gain full sovereignty over Jewish West Bank settlements.