Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen during a signing of bilateral agreements ceremony with Czech Republic's Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (not seen) in Jerusalem May 22, 2016. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a multilateral French peace initiative as he met his French counterpart on Monday, offering instead to hold direct talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Paris.French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he would speak to President Francois Hollande about the proposal while an aide to Valls later said there was little new in Netanyahu's remarks.Valls is visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories to advance his country's plan to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.Abbas has welcomed the French initiative to hold a meeting of foreign ministers from a range of countries on June 3, without the Israelis and Palestinians present.Netanyahu has regularly called for direct talks and offered to meet Abbas, and he reiterated his argument on Monday that peace would not be achieved though "international diktats".Negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians have been at a standstill since a US-led initiative collapsed in April 2014 .
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