Munich, 12/02/2016
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PRESS RELEASE

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini speaks with Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, spoke today to Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and had an exchange of views on EU bilateral relations, the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) and regional issues.

HRVP Mogherini expressed solidarity with the people of Israel who have suffered from terrorist violence. She restated the EU's unequivocal condemnation of all terrorist acts and incitement to terrorism and violence. HRVP Mogherini repeated the commitment of the EU to the security of the State of Israel.

HRVP Mogherini and PM Netanyahu discussed recent developments in the bilateral relations following the EU's decision to issue the interpretative notice on the indication of origin of products originating beyond the 1967 lines. The High Representative/Vice-President confirmed that responsibility for implementing the notice rests with the competent authorities of the Member States.

The HRVP reiterated the EU's commitment to the two state solution and pointed out that the notice is without prejudice to any final status issues, including borders, which should be settled in direct negotiations between the parties.

HRVP Mogherini also underlined that the indication of origin does not constitute a boycott and should in no way be interpreted as such. She stressed the EU's opposition to boycotts against Israel and its firm rejection of BDS attempts to isolate Israel.

The HRVP and PM Netanyahu discussed the current situation on the ground in the West Bank and Gaza, in particular Area C, including demolitions and committed to revitalise EU-Israel dialogue in this regard.

HRVP Mogherini and PM Netanyahu also agreed to convene the EU-Israel Association Council at the earliest possible opportunity. In order to ensure its proper preparation, they committed to effectively use all mechanisms available under the EU-Israel Association Agreement.

The HRVP reiterated that the EU will continue to play its role in the Middle East Peace Process, together with other international partners, including the Quartet and regional stakeholders.