The EU Foreign Ministers have three big topics to address today at their virtual Council meeting: What will happen now in transatlantic relations? How can the EU help strengthen multilateralism? How can the Middle East peace process be restarted?
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has met his Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Maliki in Berlin. Their talks focused on current developments in the Middle East peace process and the fight against COVID‑19 in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The already precarious situation of the people in the Gaza Strip is deteriorating further due to the COVID‑19 pandemic and measures to prevent the spread of the virus. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is supporting needy families with food.
Following the normalisation of Israel’s relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Foreign Minister Maas discussed the latest developments in the Middle East peace process with his Jordanian, Egyptian and French Counterparts.
At the pledging conference for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Germany once again pledged comprehensive humanitarian assistance for 2020.
The Foreign Minister’s first trip outside of Europe since the beginning of the COVID‑19 pandemic will take him to the Middle East. This shows that peace and stability in the region are immensely important for Germany and the EU.