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Nick Clegg meets President Abbas

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"Peace is the only solution" says the Deputy Prime Minister after talking with the Palestinian President.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg met with Palestinian President Abbas today during his visit to the UK.

They discussed the Middle East Peace Process and the need for talks to resume.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

As always, I am in admiration of President Abbas for his courage and determination to maintain talks on the peace process. The UK remains fully behind the effort to create a strong and stable sovereign Palestinian state and a safe and secure Israel.

Peace is the only solution, and I urge all sides to overcome the barriers in the way of that. I share the President’s ongoing concerns about the need to halt the building of new settlements.

We continue to throw our full support behind the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations process, with a view to securing a real and lasting peace for the region.