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Libya was high on the agenda of the Foreign Affairs Council on Monday, with the High Representative briefing the EU Foreign Ministries about her recent visit to Tripoli to inaugurate the EU offices and hold a series of bilateral meetings. The discussion focused on supporting the political process, improving the economic situation of Libyan citizens and strengthening the work with Libyan authorities, civil society and UN partners on the ground.
In the first half of 2018 (January-June) advancement of housing units continued at a higher level than in the previous reporting period (July-December 2017). More than 6,000 housing units in the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem were advanced in different stages of the planning and implementation process. This development will, over several years, enable potentially more than 27,000 Israeli settlers to move to the Occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
The European Development Partners and the Palestinian Authority marked yesterday the launch of the European Joint Strategy in support of Palestine ''2017-2020 – Towards a democratic and accountable Palestinian State''. The launching event was attended by the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the EU Representative Ralph Tarraf, European Heads of Mission, and representatives of Palestinian ministries and civil society organizations.