For first time in over 12 years Israeli FM to address top EU body – The Jerusalem Post

Posted By on July 9, 2021

Foreign MinisterYair Lapidis set to address a European Union forum of his peers Monday; the first such event in over 12 years.

EU Foreign policy chief Josep Borrell made the overture just one month into the tenure of Prime Minister Naftali Bennetts government when he asked Lapid to address the EU Foreign Affairs Council.

The Foreign Ministry on Thursday announced the upcoming visit.

As a sign of the troubled ties, the EU-Israel Association Council which is the main vehicle for joint ministerial dialogue, has not met since 2012.

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Netanyahu, however, did join an informal gathering of the council for breakfast in 2017. Former foreign minister Gabi Ashkenazi attended a similar breakfast meeting in 2020.

But the last foreign minister to formally address the council was Tzipi Livni.

Upon taking office, Lapid had pledged to improve relations with the EU.

After their first phone call Borrell had tweeted that the two discussed the importance of strengthening the bilateral partnership & promoting security & peace in the region. Looking forward to working together & welcoming you soon in Brussels.

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