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Mideast needs two-state solution, Pope says in Christmas message

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Mideast needs two-state solution, Pope says in Christmas message

Mideast needs two-state solution, Pope says in Christmas message
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By Philip Pullella

VATICANCITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis used his Christmas message on Monday to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after U.S. President Donald Trump stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful coexistence of two states within mutually agreed and internationally recognised borders,” Francis said.

It was the second time that the pope has spoken out publicly about Jerusalem since Trump’s decision on Dec. 6. On that day, Francis called for the city’s “status quo” to be respected, lest new tensions in the Middle East further inflame world conflicts.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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