Ashkenazi meets Cypriot counterpart, discusses sovereignty

Foreign ministers of Israel and Cyprus meet as Israel seeks to defuse European opposition to sovereignty plan.

Elad Benari ,

Ashkenazi meets Cypriot counterpart
Ashkenazi meets Cypriot counterpart
Foreign Ministry

The foreign ministers of Israel and Cyprus met on Tuesday as Israel seeks to defuse European opposition to its plan to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi met his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides at the Ben Gurion Airport after plans for a larger delegation led by President Nicos Anastasiades were revised over coronavirus concerns.

"Ashkenazi asked Christodoulides for Cyprus to act as a moderating voice in discourse with European countries," an Israeli foreign ministry statement quoted by AFP said.

Ashkenazi told Christodoulides that his country was committed to proceeding with sovereignty "in a responsible and coordinated manner with the various parties in the region," added the statement.

The Jewish state, he added, would do so "while maintaining Israel's strategic and security interests based on President Trump's peace plan".

France, Germany, Belgium and Estonia last month urged Israel not to make "any unilateral decision that would lead to the annexation of any occupied Palestinian territory".

The EU has warned Israel against the sovereignty move. EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell stated last week that a sovereignty move would have consequences for the relationship between the EU and Israel.

On Monday, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi spoke to his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok and the two reaffirmed their rejection to Israel's plan to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.

Jordan has been vocal in its opposition to an Israeli move to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.



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