EU ministers 'united' about Jerusalem

World December 11, 2017 14:18

brussels - The EU Foreign Ministers have given Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clarity on their position on Jerusalem on Monday.

'The only realistic way is a two-state solution with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine,' EU foreign chief Federica Mogherini summed it up.

It was the first time in 22 years that an Israeli prime minister came to 'Brussels'. Netanyahu expressed appreciation for the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital. He said he expected European countries to follow 'because recognizing reality is the basis for peace. '

This expectation was not met in a consultation of nearly two hours in Brussels. However, Ministers made known the 'clear will' to revive the peace process in every possible way. 'Permanent peace remains a top priority. That is why we continue to work with both parties. '

Mogherini acknowledged that a role of the United States in the peace process is necessary. The EU and Israel are 'friends and partners,' she said. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is coming to Brussels next month.

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