Ashton reaffirms EU’s commitment to Palestine

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton Wednesday reaffirmed EU’s commitment to the creation of a future sovereign, independent, democratic, contiguous and viable state of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security with Israel.

In a statement following her meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas in New York, Ashton said EU is determined to help bring an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and believes that substantive negotiations aiming at a comprehensive solution are the best way forward. “Ending the conflict is a fundamental interest of EU, as well as of the parties themselves and the wider region.”

The statement said Ashton and Abbas also discussed Palestinian institution-building and the economic situation of the Palestinian Authority, both of crucial importance for the resolution of the conflict.

She repeated her call to all the donors to step in and help PA to overcome the financial and economic crisis and to continue with the building of state institutions.

Source: Wafa News