Josep Borrell, the European Union’s high commissioner for foreign affairs, welcomes Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to Brussels. In a statement, he says Lapid’s visit presents an opportunity for a “fresh start” for Israel-EU ties, which he says had soured considerably during Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure.
“It is important that the new Israeli government come here, to Brussels. It is an opportunity for a fresh start, for restarting the relationship with Israel from the point of view of our bilateral relations, but also about the situation in the Middle East. I think that it is a good opportunity for us to restart our relations, which, in the past, were quite deteriorated,” says Borrell.
Borrell and Lapid met Sunday night.