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Source: European Union (EU)
17 March 2014

Brussels, 17 March 2014

by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton
following the Foreign Affairs Council


We also had a brief discussion about what we are doing on the Middle East Peace Process. We are fully supporting the US Secretary of State Kerry in his efforts and the Israeli and Palestinian engagement in the current negotiations.

The EU is determined to provide unprecedented support package for both parties in the context of the final status agreement on the basis of a special privileged partnership.

We want this to create huge opportunities in transport, energy, water, environment, people and business to business.

We want to see progressive market integration, trade and investment facilitation, research and innovation, security cooperation that will benefit Israelis and Palestinians, with a special emphasis on young people. Our approach will be tailor-made and will be negotiated with both partners.

I just want to finally add that the EU opposes a boycott of Israeli companies and business. We don't want to see Israel isolated, but I reiterate our position regarding settlements and the territorial applicability of bilateral agreements."

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