Germany encourages Arab League, Israel to pursue Middle East peace
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Arab League chief Amr Moussa have both met with German leaders over the past 24 hours as part of efforts to push the Middle East peace process forward, official spokesmen said, DPA reported.
Late Thursday, Lieberman met with his German counterpart, Guido Westerwelle, in Berlin. Westerwelle said that he had given his support for the continuance of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are currently in limbo, after Israel's 10-month moratorium on construction in West Bank settlements expired at the end of last month.
"The goal remains to negotiate a deal within one year on a two- state solution," a statement from Westerwelle's office said.
On Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel then received the Arab League chief in Berlin. She "encouraged" Moussa to remain "constructive" in the negotiations.
The Arab League has supported a Palestinian pull-out of the talks if Israel does not extend its settlement-building moratorium.
Germany is involved in the Middle East peace negotiations through the European Union, which is a member of the so-called Quartet along with Russia, the United Nations and the United States.