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The European Union and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan reconfirmed this Monday their solid partnership and their strong cooperation on political, security, trade and cooperation matters, at the high-level virtual meeting, jointly chaired by Mr. Marwan Al-Refai, Acting Secretary General of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, and Mr. Carl Hallergard, Deputy Managing Director in the Middle East and North Africa Department of the European External Action Service (EEAS).

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Good afternoon,

Thank you to all of you. Sorry for being late. It has been quite a long and intense - I would not say Foreign Affairs Council because it was not strictly speaking a Council - but an informal meeting of the Foreign Affairs Ministers to discuss about the worst upsurges in violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories in many years, since 2014.

The European Union is actively engaged in diplomatic efforts to contribute to defusing the ongoing violence in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Over the past days, High Representative for foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell has been continuing his outreach to support efforts to de-escalate the extremely worrying situation in the region, especially in and around Gaza.

The Envoys of the Middle East Quartet from the European Union, Russia, the United States, and the United Nations are closely monitoring the situation in East Jerusalem, including in the Old City and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

10 years ago, on 8 and 9 March 2011, Edita Tahiri, Borko Stefanovic and Robert Cooper sat down for the very first time to leave the past behind and discuss how to find ways forward for the future cooperation between Kosovo and Serbia.

 

EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues Miroslav Lajčák visited Montenegro on 4 and 5 March, on the final leg of his visit to the Western Balkans.

During his meetings with President Milo Đukanović, Parliament Speaker Aleksa Bečić, Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić and Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazović, Mr Lajčak underlined that the Western Balkans are the EU’s top priority and that the region’s EU integration is in our shared interest.

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Ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues,

Thank you for inviting me to address this year’s Arctic Frontiers conference.

It is a timely moment to discuss how to “build bridges” in this important region, and the European Union’s engagement in Arctic matters is key for our foreign policy in many ways.

The European Union congratulates Tor Wennesland for his appointment as the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. Ambassador Wennesland replaces the outgoing UN Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov who made a significant contribution during his mandate, in particular to alleviate the situation on the ground.

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