Gulf states: EU directive on Israeli settlements wise

July 20, 2013 17:15

Gulf States on Saturday hailed the European Union's decision to ban its 28 members from engaging with Israeli organizations and businesses operating beyond the pre-1967 lines, AFP reported.

The six-state Gulf Cooperation Council ( GCC) “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," AFP quoted GCC head Abdul Latif al-Zayani as saying.

The EU on Friday published the directives limiting its members from interaction with Israeli entities in east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights, which al-Zayani referred to as “wise and reflects the EU’s solid stance in rejecting Israel’s colony policy and its confiscating of Palestinian territories in a clear violation of all agreements, international law, and UN resolutions”.

Herb Keinon contributed to this report.

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