Abbas, EU official discuss peace talks, Gaza blockade

14:27, June 17, 2010      

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and European Union (EU) Foreign Policy chief Cathrine Ashton discussed on Wednesday the Middle East peace talks and the Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip.

According to a presidential statement published by Palestinian official Wafa news agency, Abbas received a phone call from Ashton, and the two discussed the latest developments in the region.

"President Abbas briefed Ashton on the latest developments in the four-month U.S.-sponsored proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and the results of his latest visit to the United States," said the statement.

It added that Abbas and Ashton discussed the resolution of the UN Human Rights Council to form an international committee to investigate the Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla on May 31.

"President Abbas and Ashton also discussed the EU call on Israel to lift the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip for three years," said the statement.

Israel has been imposing a tight blockade on the Gaza Strip right after Islamic Hamas movement seized control of the enclave by force in 2007.

Source: Xinhua


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