Palestine, France sign agreements in various fields

            By Zeynep Tufekci</p>  <p>RAMALLAH (AA) - Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and his French counterpart have signed agreements in various fields, Palestine’s Foreign Ministry said early Saturday.</p>  <p>The agreements were signed during Maliki’s visit to the French capital, where he met with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, it said in a statement.</p>  <p>They cover education, finance, local governance, civil defense, the environment, water, private sector development and agriculture, the ministry said.</p>  <p>Le Drian also said that France supports a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict with Jerusalem as the capital of both states and is committed to supporting the institutions of an independent Palestinian state, according to the statement.