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Palestinian ForMin: We hope Palestine-EU relationship to be priority objective during Romania's Presidency

Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad Malki expressed his hope that the relationship between Palestine and the EU will be a priority objective of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The discussions that took place at the level of the colleagues in the two delegations, Romanian and Palestinian, were positive, addressed a lot of problems that indicate the willingness of both parties to deepen and expand relationships in different fields. I am very happy and very satisfied with the conclusions of this meeting, I am happy that we have been able to contribute to the signing of the two agreements in the field of education and culture, and, as you have said, they are added to the other agreements that we have signed (...) at the consultations which we had in the past and in which we tackled many issues relating not only to current relations but also to the possibility of extending them further in all areas, Riad Malki said on Friday in joint statements with Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu.

The Palestinian minister voiced optimism about the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council.

We are optimistic about the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of next year and we hope that the relationship between Palestine and the EU will be a priority objective of the Romanian Presidency in the course of this process and we are ready to study together with you the possibility and the way to boost the political process that been halted for a few years. We agree with you about the importance of the solution of the two states being the best solution at present for peace with Israel, but it must come through political negotiations directly under the broad international umbrella, and to take into account all the political data of this issue and all that has been established in this regard , and also that these negotiations should take place within an acceptable time horizon so as to end the Israeli occupation and to lead to the building of the independent Palestinian state with the capital in East Jerusalem as part of the solution of the two states, Israel and Palestine, which live together in peace and security. We reaffirm our commitment to all international decisions and international law, and we want to see that the political process is revived and restarted during the Romanian Presidency, said Riad Malki.

The Palestinian minister reaffirmed that the meeting with the Romanian side is a very important one.

Very many eyes were watching this meeting, waiting to see the results. That's why we are very proud of the results we have achieved, we hope that the Romanian-Palestinian relationship will be a special one and be a model for the relationships that should link two independent states and two friendly peoples, as is the case with Romania and Palestine. We would like to have the opportunity to welcome you and other Romanian ministries in Palestine during the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Committee, said Riad Malki.


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