The President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas visited Brussels and met with EU institutions heads and officials. Abbas had meetings with a series of EU officials, including the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council president Donald Tusk, European Parliament president Antonio Tajani an High Representative / Vice President and EU external affairs chief Federica Mogherini. “Peace between Israel and Palestine is a top priority for the European Union and it will remain a top priority in our political agenda,” said Mogherini.
“We remain committed to a negotiated two state solution that remains for us the only viable way to end the conflict and all claims. Our EU policy on this has not changed, our position on Jerusalem as future capital of both states has not changed and we support Palestinian presence in East Jerusalem,” said the EU external affairs chief, marking the only way to achieve piece in the Middle East. Mogherini reiterated the EU’s principled opposition to Israeli West Bank settlements, which it “considers to be illegal under international law.”