EJC Meets with Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union

The president of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) Pierre Besnainou met with Javier Solana, High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union on the 28th of September, part of a series of Brussels meetings within the European Commission and the Council of the EU.
During the meeting, Secretary-General Solana gave a strong pledge to strengthen working relations between the European Union and the EJC, noting the importance of Jewish communities with Europe. “European Jewish communities are an important part of civil society of Europe” he remarked.
A major part of the discussion was devoted to reviewing the aftermath of the Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip, and the recent thaw in relations between Israel and its Arab and Muslim neighbours. Solana agreed with the EJC president’s conclusions that Palestinians must now show that they are able to make the Gaza an example for the rest of the future Palestinian state, saying “If the process initiated by the disengagement from Gaza does not succeed, no one will be able to promote the peace process as it is planned on the road map.”

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