Palestinian state will only come through talks: US

A Palestinian flag flies outside the Palestinian Representative Office in Stockholm on October 30, 2014Washington Tuesday reaffirmed its “crystal clear” stand that Palestinians will only realize their dream of statehood through direct talks with Israel, just hours after a controversial vote by French lawmakers. “The US position is clear, that we support Palestinian statehood but believe it can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties that resolve the final status issues,” said deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. French lawmakers voted Tuesday in favor of recognizing Palestine as a state, sparking an immediate angry reaction from Israel which said such “unilateral measures” would harm efforts towards Middle East peace.

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