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Two-state solution 'only way' to Israeli-Palestinian peace

FILE - In this June 17, 2016 file photo, Palestinians pray in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Jerusalem's Old City. The Palestinians are ringing alarm bells over Donald Trump's stated intention to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel to contested Jerusalem, fearing quick action once he takes office as U.S. president next week. They say an embassy move would kill any hopes for negotiating an Israeli-Palestinian border deal and rile the region by undercutting Muslim and Christian claims to the holy city. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

FILE - In this June 17, 2016 file photo, Palestinians pray in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Jerusalem's Old City. The Palestinians are ringing alarm bells over Donald Trump's stated intention to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel to contested Jerusalem, fearing quick action once he takes office as U.S. president next week. They say an embassy move would kill any hopes for negotiating an Israeli-Palestinian border deal and rile the region by undercutting Muslim and Christian claims to the holy city. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)  (The Associated Press)

Dozens of countries gathering at a Paris summit are expected to send a strong message to Israel and the incoming Trump administration, reiterating their opposition to Israeli settlements and calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state as "the only way" to ensure peace.

France is hosting more than 70 countries at a Mideast peace summit this weekend.

According to a draft statement obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, the conference will urge Israel and the Palestinians "to officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution."

Israel has settled some 600,000 of its citizens in the West Bank and east Jerusalem — occupied territories claimed by the Palestinians for a future independent state.

Neither Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas nor Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are attending the conference.