RIGA - Effective cooperation, including the mobilization of all possible support for a sustainable solution to the situation, is needed to break the cycle of endless violence in the Middle East, Foreign Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said while discussing ways to end violence in the Middle East with partners from the Mediterranean region.
As LETA was told at the Foreign Ministry, Karins attended the 8th Regional Forum of the Union for Mediterranean (UfM) in Barcelona on Monday. The forum brought together foreign ministers from European Union member states and the Southern Mediterranean to discuss the current crisis in the Middle East and its possible solutions.
The event was co-chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Josep Borrell and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi. Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, attended the forum as a guest representing the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
In a bilateral meeting with the Saudi foreign minister, Karins discuss ways to strengthen cooperation between the EU and the Arab League to find a sustainable solution to the situation in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is a key player in the Middle East region and is also playing a particularly active role in efforts to resolve the current escalation. Karins thanked Saudi Arabia for its role in the Ukraine peace initiative.
The current security and humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank was discussed with Riyad al-Maliki, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of the Palestinian Authority. The officials exchanged views on the support needed to overcome the crisis.
Karins also met with the EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, Sven Koopmans, to discuss ways to strengthen the EU's involvement and role in resolving the crisis, including by considering long-term solutions based on the two-state solution.