World Jewish Congress President Ron Lauder on Friday praised the decision of the Nobel Prize Committee in Oslo to award this year's Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union.

"European integration has been the main reason why the European continent has become a haven of peace, freedom and prosperity nobody would have dreamed of 60 years ago," Lauder said.

"Jews and members of other minority communities have been among the main beneficiaries of closer European integration, and although anti-Semitism and racism continue to worry us, the European Union is - and will be in the future - our main ally in overcoming these scourges,” the WJC president added.

Lauder called the EU to take a more proactive stance on the "Iranian threat, the rise of Islamism and the worrying developments in the Middle East."

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