“CWe’ve talked a lot about our commitment to a two-state solution. During the meeting we decided to agree on Europe’s desire to organize a European peace conference, to be held soon […]we want to reaffirm our unity to send a message to our citizens and the rest of the world, based on our values, treaties and fundamental values”, said Charles Michel, in a joint press conference with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in Brussels.
The Council president added that the 27 agreed on the need to “combat Islamophobia and any type of discrimination.”
At the same time, the heads of State and Government analyzed how they can “react and act in the coming weeks”, especially in “humanitarian terms”: “It could be food, it could be electricity, medicines, we are committed to that”.
The proposal was presented to European leaders on Thursday by the Spanish Government, temporarily led by Pedro Sánchez, who proposed organizing a conference to find a solution to resolve the conflict that has been going on for more than seven decades, based on a two-state solution ( Palestine and Israel), defended by the EU.
Charles Michel added that the leaders reaffirmed the “strong condemnation” of the attack carried out by the Islamist movement Hamas on October 7, and Israel’s right to defend itself and to end Hamas’ military capabilities, but always taking into account the law international humanitarian, which requires the attempt to preserve civilians caught in the middle of the conflict.
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