EU is against member states moving embassy to Jerusalem, says ambassador

RAMALLAH, Palestinian ambassador to the European Union (EU), Abdul Rahim al-Farra, denied on Thursday reports that the Czech Republic intends to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, stressing that the EU opposes such a move by individual member states.

He told Voice of Palestine radio that until now there is no official confirmation regarding this issue, pointing out that there were assurances from the Czech foreign ministry that the embassy will not be moved to Jerusalem.

Farra said the European Union, especially its foreign service represented by Federica Mogherini, had called on all EU member states not to move their embassy to Jerusalem because such an act would affect the peace process and the two-state solution. He said the EU does not have any information about moving the Czech embassy.

Farra said that the EU has agreed to discuss a set of Palestinian proposals regarding recognition of the Palestinian state, rejection of the settlements in full and the cancellation of the economic partnership agreement with Israel.

He said that the meetings of the Palestinian-European sub-committee in a number of sectors included a Palestinian-European political dialogue to discuss recognition of the Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital and total rejection of settlements.

He added that the Palestinians focused on the role that Europe should play in recognizing the Palestinian state, as well as discussing the importance of the European role in playing an active role in the issue of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and the threats against Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin village.

Farra pointed out that the EU member states are the ones which decide on the issue of recognition of the state of Palestine, noting that there is talk about a full Palestinian-European partnership agreement.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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