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In Brussels, the EU and Arab States agree that ‘Jerusalem must be the future  capital of both the State of Israel and Palestine’

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‘’W have the same analysis and the same position on our support for a political transition in  Syria and for our support to the two-state solution in the Middle East Peace Process and on the recognition of Jerusalem as the future  capital of both the state of Israel and Palestine,’’ Federica Mogherini said.

BRUSSELS—The EU and the Arab States agreed that ”Jerusalem must be the future  capital of both the state of Israel and Palestine,’’ EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said a meeting Brussels between Forfeign Ministers of the EU and of the League of Arab States.

”Both sides agreed on  a common ground on 90-95% of the issues they discussed,” she told the press.

‘’It was a very open, constructive and frank exchange,’’ she said.

‘’We have the same analysis and the same position on our support for a political transition in  Syria and for our support to the two-state solution in the Middle East Peace Process and on the recognition of Jerusalem as the future  capital of both the state of Israel and Palestine,’’ Mogherini added.

Monday’s ministerial meeting was convened to prepare for the first ever summit meeting of both sides in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on 24-25  February.

The meeting was co-chaired by Federica Mogherini, Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed, Foreign Minister of Sudan, wo currently holds the Presidency of the Arab side at the ministerial level, and Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the League of Arab States.

Earlier, Mogherini stressed that ‘’Europe needs cooperation with the Arab world and the Arab world needs cooperation with Europe’’ on a series of topics.

‘’This is also true in addressing the conflicts in our common region. Look at Israel and Palestine: today there is a risk of further escalation that will bring the Israelis and the Palestinians further away from ending the conflict,’’ she said.

She continued, ‘’We Europeans have demonstrated our commitment to peace in the Holy Places, for instance through stepping up consistently our contributions to maintain the operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). And we know that we need cooperation between Europeans and Arabs to accompany the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships on the path towards peace. And most all, I believe, we around this table share the urgent objective to prevent the definitive collapse of the two-state solution and find ways to revive it.’’

On Syria, Mogherini said both sides share the view that ‘’only a negotiated political solution – under the UN auspices – can bring peace to Syria.’’ ‘’This is for us the obvious precondition for reconstruction and for a normalisation of relations with Damascus. I believe we all want to see Syria in peace again.’’

The EU is to host a third Brussels Conference on Syria from 12 to 14 March.

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