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Palestinian leader urges EU to recognise state, boost role

Published:Tuesday | January 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the media at the EU Council in Brussels, yesterday.

BRUSSELS, AP:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday urged European Union countries to recognise the state of Palestine and called on the 28-nation bloc to step up political efforts in the Middle East amid Arab disappointment with the U.S. role in the region.

At talks with EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Abbas also recommitted to a negotiated solution to the conflict with Israel and to past peace agreements, days after suggesting that the historic Oslo Peace Accords were as good as dead.

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Calling the EU a true partner and friend, Abbas said the Europeans should "swiftly recognise the state of Palestine.

"This would encourage the Palestinian people to keep hoping for peace and to wait until peace is brought about," he told reporters.

But while the EU is the world's biggest aid donor to the Palestinians, it is highly unlikely that its member countries would make such a move.

Reassuring EU nations worried by his recent declarations about peace moves, Abbas said the Palestinians would "continue complying with the treaties that we signed" and he called on Israel to do the same.