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EU Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions

Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 16, 2013


We welcome the EU Foreign Affairs Council’s (FAC) announcement today that the European Union will provide an unprecedented package of political, economic, and security support to both the Israelis and Palestinians in the context of a final status peace agreement.

Secretary Kerry has made clear how important it is for Israelis and Palestinians alike to envision the benefits that peace will bring. The EU’s announcement today makes that picture even brighter. In particular, the vision of increased access to European markets, closer cultural and scientific links, facilitation of trade and investments and business-to-business engagement will help strengthen and expand the economies of Israel and of a future Palestinian state.

As we continue down the path to peace through the ongoing negotiations, we urge the parties to remain focused on the end goal: a final status agreement that ends the conflict and all claims and creates a sustainable peace between Israelis and Palestinians. This end goal includes a new vision for the region — a prosperous Israel living side by side in peace and security with a prosperous Palestinian state. To that end, the EU has sent a strong message of their intention to help further integrate Israel and Palestine into the international community and a message of the possibilities that peace can bring.

PRN: 2013/1586


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