EU’s settlement move ‘boosts peace efforts’

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RIYADH. July 21. KAZINFORM - The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) welcomed on Saturday EU plans to ban its 28 members from dealing with Jewish settlements, hoping the move would push forward peace efforts, ARAB NEWS informs.

The guidelines, published in the EU’s Official Journal Friday, forbid EU member states from funding or dealing with entities in territories occupied by the Jewish state in 1967.
Officials have warned of a serious crisis between the European Union and Israel over the move.

The GCC states “welcome the European Union’s decision which they hope will back international efforts to revive peace talks between Palestinians and Israel, and press Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian territories,” said their chief Abdullatif Al-Zayani.

Al-Zayani described the decision as “wise and reflects the EU’s solid stance in rejecting Israel’s settlement policy and its confiscating of Palestinian territories in a clear violation of all agreements, international law, and UN resolutions.”

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