FM says US should coordinate with the EU on the Middle East peace process

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides has welcomed the initiative of EU High Representative Federica Mogherini to hold Mondays exchange of views of the 28 EU Foreign Ministers with the members of the Follow-up Committee of the Arab League (ASC).

Speaking before the EU Foreign Affairs Council, held Monday in Brussels, on the latest developments in relation to the peace process in the Middle East, which was the focus of the meeting, the Foreign Minister welcomed Mogherinis initiative and noted that the EUs stance remains in favor of a two-state solution.

Kasoulides pointed out the importance of coordination between the US and the EU before any initiatives on the part of the US are taken. The Foreign Minister pointed out that in this direction, the moderate Arab States should also contribute to the Arab Peace Initiative.

It is noted that the EU28 held a working lunch with Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the Arab League and the Foreign Ministers who are members of the Arab League Follow-up Committee (Jordan as Presidency, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Palestine).

The Council of Foreign Ministers also addressed the situation in Moldova. In his speech, Foreign Minister Kasoulides reported on his trip to Moldova noting the many challenges the country is faced with. He said that “we consider Moldova a European country noting that our action should aim at benefits for the people of Moldova”.

Concluding, the Foreign Minister stressed the need to ensure the best possible balance between the principle of conditionality and the incentives the EU provides to Moldova.

Source: Cyprus News Agency