Before leaving to Washington late on Wednesday, Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, had a phone call with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the recent developments regarding the Middle East peace process.
The High Representative informed the President about the discussions at the Foreign Affairs Council on Monday, stressing the consensus on the longstanding European Union's policy on the Middle East peace process. The EU remains fully committed to work with the two parties and its international and regional partners on the two-state solution as the only way to end the conflict and move the peace process forward. The EU also expressed its opposition to the 'Regularisation Law' adopted by Israeli Knesset this week - settlements are illegal under international law and endanger the prospects for a peaceful solution of the conflict.
The High Representative and the President also discussed the EU-Palestinian relations and reconfirmed the commitment to further develop them.