JERUSALEM, February 9, 2012 (WAFA) – Head of the Palestinian Water Authority Shaddad Attili and French Minister Henri de Raincourt Thursday discussed ways of cooperation between the two countries and preparations for the water forum.

Spokesman of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bernard Valero said, in a statement issued by the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem, that the two ministers discussed necessary steps needed to implement the right to access water in Palestine.

De Raincourt welcomed Palestine’s constructive participation to prepare for the forum held in Marseille in March.

He affirmed the importance of implementing the UN Convention on International Water Resources and Integrated Water Management of 1997 as soon as possible.

De Raincourt welcomed the start of the proposed desalination project in Gaza, which aims to provide drinking water to 1.6 million Palestinians.

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