Hague hopes 2013 will be 'year of peace' for Middle East

After meeting the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said the upcoming year offered new opportunities for peace in the region:

We discussed the Middle East Peace Process and agreed that 2013 offers new opportunities to _end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by negotiation. _

_We expressed the shared hope that this year will be the ‘year of peace’ for Palestinians, Israelis and all people of the region. _

W_e agreed that Arab League and EU member states needed to assist the Palestinian Authority to overcome its current financial difficulties and that Israel should fulfil its obligations to transfer customs revenues due to the Palestinian Authority. _