French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (C) poses for a picture during a visit to the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem, in the Israeli occupied West Bank, on May 23, 2016. / AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a multilateral French peace initiative as he met his French counterpart Monday, offering instead to hold direct talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris.French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he would speak to President Francois Hollande about the proposal while an aide to Valls said there was little new in Netanyahu's remarks.Valls is visiting Israel and Palestine to push 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.
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