Macron and Abbas enter briefing holding hands

STORY: Abbas and Macron were slated to have a one-on-one meeting to discuss security in the Middle East, where violence and tensions have flared up again recently.

Abbas has said he counted on Macron to push for efforts to restore peace and find a just solution to the decades-old conflict.

The Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in parts of the West Bank, received a boost last month when the European Union agreed to restore funding frozen by a dispute over school textbooks.

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