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Diplomats try to revive Mideast peace process in Paris

  • French President Francois Hollande and his Foreign Affairs minister Jean Marc Ayrault, left, arrive to attend an international meeting in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in Paris, France, Friday, June 2, 2016. U.S., European and Arab diplomats meet in Paris for a French-led effort to revive the Mideast peace process, despite skepticism from Israel. (Stephane de Sakutin/Pool Photo via AP)

    French President Francois Hollande and his Foreign Affairs minister Jean Marc Ayrault, left, arrive to attend an international meeting in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in Paris, France, Friday, June 2, 2016. U.S., European and Arab diplomats meet in Paris for a French-led effort to revive the Mideast peace process, despite skepticism from Israel. (Stephane de Sakutin/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • French Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, left, French President Francois Hollande and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, right, pose for photographers prior to an international meeting in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in Paris, France, Friday, June 2, 2016. U.S., European and Arab diplomats meet in Paris for a French-led effort to revive the Mideast peace process, despite skepticism from Israel. (Stephane de Sakutin/Pool Photo via AP)

    French Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, left, French President Francois Hollande and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, right, pose for photographers prior to an international meeting in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in Paris, France, Friday, June 2, 2016. U.S., European and Arab diplomats meet in Paris for a French-led effort to revive the Mideast peace process, despite skepticism from Israel. (Stephane de Sakutin/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • French Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, left, shakes hands with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir prior to an of an international meeting in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in Paris, France, Friday, June 2, 2016. U.S., European and Arab diplomats meet in Paris for a French-led effort to revive the Mideast peace process, despite skepticism from Israel. (Stephane de Sakutin/Pool Photo via AP)

    French Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, left, shakes hands with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir prior to an of an international meeting in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in Paris, France, Friday, June 2, 2016. U.S., European and Arab diplomats meet in Paris for a French-led effort to revive the Mideast peace process, despite skepticism from Israel. (Stephane de Sakutin/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

U.S., European and Arab diplomats are meeting in Paris for a French-led effort to revive the Mideast peace process, despite skepticism from Israel.

France persuaded U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and foreign ministers and officials from nearly 30 other countries and international organizations to join Friday's meeting to try to prevent an escalation of Mideast violence.

Israel and the Palestinians will not take part, but the French hope this meeting could lead to eventual direct talks.

France's President Francois Hollande, who will open the conference, said in a statement Thursday that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict faces a "dangerous deadlock." The meeting will allow participants to "reaffirm their commitment to the two-state solution and their determination to create the conditions for resumption of direct talks," he said.