EU committed to a close transatlantic partnership, Borrell told Pompeo

Тhe EU Member States will continue the close transatlantic cooperation, which is one of the key pillars of the world order, the EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday evening following talks with the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Pompeo participated via video link in the Foreign affairs Council to discuss with his European counterparts three main issues: China, the Peace Process in the Middle East, and the Eastern neighbourhood, with an emphasis on Ukraine.

On the coronavirus pandemic the EU ministers have expressed regrets about the US’intention to withdraw from the World Health Organization. “We expect that this decision could be reconsidered, because global problems need global solutions and multilateral tools. Multilateral cooperation is more needed than ever”, Borrell stressed at the press conference after the video talks with Pompeo.

Concerning the relationship with China, the EU HR/VP said that the close US-EU cooperation is very important to address the problems jointly, citing the situation in Hong Kong. Borrell told reporters he had suggested launching a "distinct bilateral dialogue" focused on China and the challenges it poses to the EU and US by its "actions and ambitions".

On the Middle East Peace Process, the EU top diplomats made it clear that it is important to encourage the Israelis and the Palestinians to engage in a credible and meaningful political process. The EU Member States stand ready to help and to facilitate such a process, Borrell pointed out. “We were also clear about the consequences of a possible annexation for the prospects of a two-state solution, but also for regional stability. On that I think that many Member States were very clear about it”.

On the Eastern Neighbourhood, which was the third pillar of the video talks, the participants confirmed that the strong European Union-United States partnership will remain crucial, particularly on Ukraine.

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