EU Envoy Solana meets with Israeli leaders

Thursday, July 20, 2006 |  by Staff Writer  

The European Union’s High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana met with Israel’s government leaders today to discuss the current crisis in northern Israel and Lebanon.

In a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Solana said he believes it is unnecessary for Hizballah to be on the EU’s list of terror organizations, but that the EU strongly disapproves of Hizballah’s actions.

“There is no justification for abducting the soldiers,” said Solana. “Our goal is to see an end to this bloodshed.”

Livni reaffirmed that Israel is fighting to protect its citizens as it seeks to eliminate the threat of terror from the region.

“Israel intends to work with the international community based on principles outlined in the statement issued by the G-8 on July 16,” said Livni. “It is our mutual interest to ensure a safe future for the peoples of the region.”

In a separate meeting, Vice Premier Shimon Peres added that “Israel is a country that stands firm against terrorism and we have not requested from any country to send soldiers to defend us. Israel is right, strong and steadfast in its steps.”

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