EU foreign policy chief hopes for ‘fresh start’ in Israel-EU ties

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.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (right) and the European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, in Brussels on July 11, 2021. (Twitter)

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