EU officials raised concerns over the commitment of Israel's prime minister designate Binyamin Netanyahu to pursue genuine peace talks with Palestinians.
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said he is worried Netanyahu's talks with hard-line parties to form a coalition could halt peace talks with Palestinians.
Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra says he expects a "rough start" once a new Israeli government takes office, warning a two-state peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians is narrowing now that Netanyahu is likely to form a government.
The EU's 27 foreign ministers were discussing peace efforts in the Middle East at talks Monday.
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