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Reinsalu: the socio-economic and political destabilisation of North Africa and the Middle East must be prevented

15. May 2020 - 19:18

Today 15 May, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu attended the informal video conference of the foreign affairs ministers of the European Union, which focused on the latest developments of in the Middle East and the peace process. They also discussed the impact of COVID-19 on North Africa and the Middle East. 

According to Reinsalu, the peace initiative of the United States provides a chance to reinvigorate the Middle East Peace Process. “The goal is the two-state solution and achieving a lasting peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while considering the legitimate aspirations of both sides as well as Israel’s security concerns. Transatlantic partnership is crucial for finding a permanent solution together,” Reinsalu added. “In order to enhance the cooperation between Israel and the European Union, we should continue working together in various mutually beneficial areas, including digital and research cooperation, particularly in our common fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“In light of the COVID-19 crisis, it is essential for the European Union to support the states in North Africa and the Middle East,” Reinsalu said. “The ongoing conflicts in Libya, Syria and Yemen also affect us. The European Union must encourage all parties of the conflicts to follow the global ceasefire to make it possible to take the measures necessary for fighting the virus. We must prevent the socio-economic and political destabilisation of the region.”

The ministers also discussed Turkey’s drilling activities in the Mediterranean. The Estonian foreign minister expressed support for Cyprus and Greece while also noting the importance of dialogue with Turkey.

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