France: US Middle East approach can’t grant ‘serenity’

June 8, 2019 GMT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has criticized the Trump administration’s still-secret plan for creating peace in the Middle East calling it “an approach that cannot grant serenity.”

Speaking Saturday during a visit to Morocco aimed at boosting diplomatic and economic relations between the countries, Le Drian reiterated France and the European Union’s opposition to Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

He said this approach “indicates” the plan — whatever it is — will not lead to both sides being happy.

Le Drian’s comments come weeks after President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner stopped in Morocco to seek King Mohammed VI’s backing for the plan.


Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said his country won’t take an official position until the plan is revealed.