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World diplomats in Paris to urge renewed Mideast peace talks

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks to a waiting car as he arrives at Le Bourget Airport Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 in Paris, France. Kerry is attending a Middle East peace conference. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks to a waiting car as he arrives at Le Bourget Airport Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 in Paris, France. Kerry is attending a Middle East peace conference. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault, left, shakes hands with Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit at the opening of the Mideast peace conference in Paris, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Fearing a new eruption of violence in the Middle East, more than 70 world diplomats gathered in Paris on Sunday to push for renewed peace talks that would lead to a Palestinian state. (Thomas Samson/Pool Photo via AP)

    French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault, left, shakes hands with Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit at the opening of the Mideast peace conference in Paris, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Fearing a new eruption of violence in the Middle East, more than 70 world diplomats gathered in Paris on Sunday to push for renewed peace talks that would lead to a Palestinian state. (Thomas Samson/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault, left, greets his Saudi counterpart Adel Al-Jubeir at the opening of the Mideast peace conference in Paris, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Fearing a new eruption of violence in the Middle East, more than 70 world diplomats gathered in Paris on Sunday to push for renewed peace talks that would lead to a Palestinian state. (Thomas Samson/Pool Photo via AP)

    French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault, left, greets his Saudi counterpart Adel Al-Jubeir at the opening of the Mideast peace conference in Paris, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Fearing a new eruption of violence in the Middle East, more than 70 world diplomats gathered in Paris on Sunday to push for renewed peace talks that would lead to a Palestinian state. (Thomas Samson/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

More than 70 world diplomats are gathering in Paris to urge renewed Middle East peace talks that would lead to a Palestinian state.

The French organizers hope Sunday's conference will send a strong message to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that much of the world wants a two-state solution to the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Netanyahu says the conference is "rigged" against Israel, and the incoming Trump administration isn't taking part. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will be there defending American interests in his last major diplomatic foray before he leaves office.

French diplomats fear Trump will unleash new tensions in the region by condoning settlements on land claimed by the Palestinians and potentially moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem.