British, French, German, US leaders to discuss Middle East situation in call

German Chancellor Scholz comments on the situation in the Middle East, in Berlin

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz comments on the situation in the Middle East, one day after Hamas’ attacks on Israel, in the chancellery, Berlin, Germany, October 8, 2023. REUTERS/Liesa Johannssen/File Photo Acquire Licensing Rights

BERLIN, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The leaders of the United States, Britain, France and Germany are expected to discuss the situation in Israel and the Palestinian Territories on Monday evening, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said.

“The U.S., Britain, France and Germany agree it must not become a wildfire in the region,” Scholz told reporters in Hamburg. “That’s why no one should continue to fuel terror in this situation.”

Scholz was standing next to French President Emmanuel Macron, who was visiting the north German port for a joint session of the two countries’ governments.

Expressing his “full solidarity” with the Israeli people, Macron said he spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again on Monday morning.

“Germany and France stand by the Israeli people in this tragic moment,” he said. “The fight against terrorism is a common cause that we will continue to pursue with Israel and our allies. Nothing justifies it, nothing explains it.”

Macron’s office later said that Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni would also join the call, as the talks would take place under the “Quint group” format, which comprises the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Italy.

Reporting by Reuters TV, Michel Rose and Elizabeth Pineau in Paris; writing by Thomas Escritt; editing by Andrew Heavens and Bill Berkrot

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