"The European Union must conduct talks with Hamas," Finnish Foreign Minister and current EU President Erkki Tuomiojafin was quoted as saying on Friday.
Tuomiojafin told a German newspaper that the EU needed to change its stance towards Hamas and conduct negotiations if the movement was willing to take a central role in a peace process.
"Hamas is not same movement since the Palestinian Authority elections," said Tuomiojafin.
Later on Friday, EU foreign ministers are due to convene in Finland to discuss the Middle East peace process.
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