Australia has welcomed the release of the US “Vision for Peace” by President Trump and is encouraging all parties to resume good faith discussions towards peace and a two-state solution.
“We welcome any initiative that can assist the resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians for an end to this conflict, and the agreement of a durable and resilient peace settlement”, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said in a statement released on Wednesday.
President Trump revealed his Middle East plan, also known as the “Deal of the Century” on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu standing by his side at the White House though Palestinians have denounced this plan as a “new Balfour Declaration”.
Ms Payne said that Australia welcomes the proposal as a first step towards further discussions on the creation of a two-state solution.
“Australia has a long record of strong, bipartisan support for a two-state solution to the conflict. Any peace arrangement needs to be negotiated directly between Israel and the Palestinians”, she commented adding Australia recognise that the US must play a role in any credible peace process.
Supporting the mechanisms that address the legitimate concerns of both Israel and the Palestinians, she called on Palestinian representatives and Israel to enter into good faith discussions on a peace process.
“Australia calls on all parties to exercise maximum restraint and to refrain from violence or other provocative actions or statements that undermine the prospects for peace”, Ms Payne emphasized.
Terming US Vision for Peace as a new proposal, she said Australia will consider it in detail and noted that the Vision for Peace enjoys bi-partisan political support in Israel.