France wants EU seat at talks

FM Kouchner says it would be "too bad" if the EU were locked out.

PARIS — France wants the European Union to have a seat at the table during next week's start of US-backed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in Washington.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said it would be "too bad" if the EU were locked out — noting the bloc's political involvement in the region and its role as a top contributor of financial aid to the Palestinians.
RELATED:
PM wants regular talks with Abbas
Europeans hail return to negotiating table
Kouchner said in a speech Friday to French ambassadors that he has written a letter to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton expressing his concern.

The talks were shelved two years ago, but the US administration is hoping for a breakthrough during the new rounds of negotiations set to begin Sept. 2.