Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheal Martin has said he will be discussing steps to try to bring peace to the Middle East with EU and Arab leaders in the coming days.

He said it was time to take concrete and irreversible steps to implement a two-state solution.

Mr Martin also said all parties must, with the utmost urgency, intensify efforts to secure an immediate ceasefire, the unconditional release of hostages and urgent distribution of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

The Tánaiste welcomed the decision of the International Court of Justice to order Israel a halt its military offensive in Gaza along with other measures including the opening of the Rafah crossing.

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