Foreign Minister Calls on Europe to Play Greater Role in Peace Process


RAMALLAH, September 1, 2014 (WAFA) – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad al-Maliki, called on Monday upon the European Union to play a significant role in the peace process and the final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis, along with the US Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts.

Al-Maliki’s statement came as he received President of the Socialists & Democrats of the European Parliament, Gianni Pittella, in Ramallah where he called upon the international community to salvage the peace process and negotiations – by pressurizing the Israeli government to stop all settlement activities and violations against the Palestinians and  the holy sites, particularly al-Aqsa Mosque.

The foreign minister underscored the latest developments in Palestine especially the Israeli decision to seize around 4000 acres of land in the southern West Bank.

Meanwhile, Pitella stressed the importance of continuing with the peace process aimed at reaching a just peace on the basis of a two-state solution. He further stressed the need to support to the Palestinian consensus government and to lift the siege imposed on Gaza.

Pitella condemned the Israeli nonstop settlement activities in the West Bank, including the Israeli government’s decision to seize around 400 acres of Palestinian land and the illegal practices against al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israeli authorities.

Source: WAFA