The Israeli decision to close the Kerem Shalom crossing point, except for humanitarian supplies, and to restrict the fishing zone for Palestinians risks further aggravating the already dire economic situation in Gaza.
The EU expects Israel to reverse these decisions.
At the same time, Hamas and other actors in Gaza must cease and refrain from violent actions and provocations against Israel, including the launching of incendiary kites and balloons with the aim to damage Israeli property and assets.
Today in Brussels, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, met with the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. The meeting was an opportunity for the two to discuss a number of common pressing foreign and security issues.
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, will over the next two days in Brussels participate at the NATO Summit and the meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter Da'esh, as well as hold a number of bilateral meetings, including with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, all with a focus on enhancing European and global security.
The Presidents of the European Council and Commission and NATO Secretary General on 10 July issued a second Joint Declaration highlighting substantial progress in cooperation between the two organisations since 2016, welcoming EU efforts to boost the Union's security and defence capabilities and agreeing to increase work in the areas of military mobility, counter- terrorism, countering chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear-related risks and the promotion of the women, peace and security agenda. The capabilities developed through the defence initiatives of the EU and NATO should remain coherent, complementary and interoperable, agreed the leaders meeting in Brussels.
Yesterday, in Peshawar, a suicide attack carried out at an electoral campaign event claimed the life of Awami National Party leader Haroon Bilour and tens of others, and injured many more. Our thoughts go to the victims and their families and we express our condolences to them, to the people of Pakistan and to the Pakistani authorities. We understand that an investigation has been launched in order to bring those responsible swiftly to justice.
As part of its External Investment Plan, the EU gave its green light to a package of financial guarantee programmes worth around €800 million on 10 July. This will help to leverage an estimated €8-9 billion in public and private investment in Africa and the Neighbourhood.