High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union/Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell had a phone call with the Foreign Minister of the State of Israel, Gabi Ashkenazi, on Friday, 18 September.
They exchanged views on the issues in the bilateral agenda between the EU and Israel and discussed latest developments in the region. Both agreed on a shared, mutual interest in intensifying bilateral cooperation.
High Representative Borrell recalled EU’s support for the normalisation of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and confirmed readiness to work to foster regional cooperation for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Middle East. He also emphasized the need to restart meaningful talks between Israel and Palestinians towards a negotiated and viable two-state solution that respects the internationally agreed parameters and international law.