News story | Date: 2017-05-05 | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini led a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee for Palestine (AHLC) which took place in Brussels Thursday 4 May.
The Palestinian delegation was led by Finance Minister Shukri Bishara, and the Israeli delegation was led by the Minister of Regional Cooperation, Tzachi Hanegbi. Jason Greenblatt, the U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations, also participated in the meeting.
‘We have just concluded an important meeting in the AHLC. We discussed the status of work aimed at reinforcing Palestinian national institutions and to contribute to economic development in Palestine. These efforts support a two-state solution and the continuing work to resume a political process,’ said Mr Brende.
The Palestinian Authority, Israel and the donor countries reviewed joint efforts to bolster the Palestinian economy through more cooperation between the parties, as well as implementation of significant measures to ensure power and water supplies to the Palestinian people and, not least, intensification of work to rebuild in Gaza.
‘In this meeting, we were able to prevail upon the parties to cooperate on implementing vital water and energy projects. In a broader perspective, it is very encouraging that both parties have now indicated their willingness to resume a political process,’ said Mr Brende.
- Statement by Foreign Minister Børge Brende at the AHLC Meeting in Brussels
- Chair's Summary of the Meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC)
- Press meeting by Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC