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Brussels, 19/11/2020 – 21:33, UNIQUE ID: 201119_26

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Then, we discussed with the Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki, the situation in Palestine, the Middle Eastern Peace Process and our bilateral relations.

First, we welcomed the recent decision of the Palestinian Authority to resume cooperation and dialogue with Israel.

Second, we [reiterated] the need to relaunch Palestinian-Israeli negotiations in order to find a lasting solution to the conflict.

Deep concern was expressed regarding Israeli settlement activities, which threaten the viability of the two-state solution.

We reiterated European Union’s support to a negotiated two-state solution and discussed how we can contribute to create better conditions for the resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

We stressed that the intra-Palestinian reconciliation is urgently needed. Also, free, fair, inclusive, genuine and democratic elections are important for Palestinian state-building and unity. And we are ready to support this electoral process if and when a presidential decree is issued with a date of the vote.

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