EU urges US to respect both sides in Mideast peace moves

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Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Jared Kushner, center, and US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, right, are greeted by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is urging the United States to respect the needs of both Israelis and the Palestinians in any future Mideast peace moves.

Juncker’s office says that in a meeting Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner shared some of the administration’s thoughts about the way ahead in the region.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also attended the meeting, called at Kushner’s request.

The EU officials listened to Kushner’s “ideas and underlined the fundamental interest of the European Union for a lasting and sustainable peace and stability in the region.”

They say “the economic development of the whole region is crucial. It must be accompanied by viable political progress that takes into account the aspirations of both the Palestinians and the Israelis.”

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