NEW YORK, September 26, 2013 (WAFA) – European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton Wednesday urged the donor countries to continue to support the Palestinian state institution building efforts.
Speaking before a meeting for the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee of donor countries held in New York, Ashton said the committee’s work “will bring into being the state that will live side by side with Israel, which is Palestine.”
She said that Palestinian institution building “is necessary to ensure that it (State of Palestine) can exist properly and exist in ways that will guarantee success, which is important for the people living there and very important for the people of Israel and the neighborhood.”
Ashton stressed the importance of ensuring economic support to the Palestinians alongside the political process.
“It is really critical that as well as the political process, we see an economic process that can help people develop the economy and lead the lives that they want to lead,’ she said. “That is important not just for what we hope one day soon will be a state, the State of Palestine, but also important for the people of Israel. Our ultimate objective is to support a two state solution that will bring peace and security for both and help to develop and grow a whole region.”