European FMs to visit Israel-besieged Gaza

EU visit will come after mounting international pressure in the wake of a May 31 Israeli commando raid that killed nine Turkish activists aboard a flotilla of aid ships on a blockade-busting bid.

European FMs to visit Israel-besieged Gaza

The foreign ministers of Spain, France and Italy will visit Gaza this month to check on Israel's plan to ease a blockade of the territory, Spanish premier Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Monday.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman last month invited Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini to lead a European Union delegation to the Gaza Strip after mounting international pressure in the wake of a May 31 Israeli commando raid that killed nine Turkish activists aboard a flotilla of aid ships on a blockade-busting bid.

The ministers have a visit to Gaza in their calendars for this month to check how the internal process of lifting of the blockade is going, Zapatero told a joint news conference with visiting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Frattini will be accompanied by his Spanish and French counterparts, Miguel Angel Moratinos and Bernard Kouchner, Zapatero said, but did not indicate the exact date of the visit.


Agencies

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Temmuz 2010, 15:04

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