Estonian formin: US participation needed in next EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting

  • 2020-02-06
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu discussed the Middle East peace process in a phone conversation with High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell and at a meeting with Secretary of State of the United States Mike Pompeo in Washington, D.C. 

Reinsalu underscored in both discussions the need for transatlantic unity and proposed to include the Middle East peace process as a separate item in the agenda of the next Foreign Affairs Council and also invite the United States to attend the meeting.

"Estonia attaches great importance to the continuation of the Middle East peace process and therefore welcomes the initiative by the United States. Is is important that the European Union and the United States should work as allies as closely as possible in this complicated issue of global importance. For that reason, I deem it important that we address this topic together at the highest political level," Reinsalu said.

Estonia supports a permanent solution to the Middle East Peace Process that is negotiated directly between Israel and Palestine and considers the legitimate ambitions of both sides. Israel and Palestine should be encouraged to take steps towards a lasting solution and to be ready for constructive negotiations.

The next Foreign Affairs Council meeting will be held in Brussels on February 17.