The EU foreign ministers have expressed their unanimous support for an immediate ceasefire and the opening of humanitarian corridors in Gaza, where the civilian population is suffering from the ongoing conflict. This was stated by the Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg on Monday, after a meeting of the 27 EU countries in Brussels. He also said that the foreign ministers discussed the situation in the Middle East and Ukraine.
Schallenberg emphasized that the ceasefire is a matter of urgency and that Israel, like any other country, has to respect international humanitarian law and avoid civilian casualties. He added that the EU is ready to provide more assistance to Gaza, which is facing a “catastrophic situation” according to the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.
Borrell also reiterated that the EU supports a two-state solution and that the question of what should happen after the war needs to be addressed. He said that the EU will work with the UN, the US, and other partners to achieve a lasting peace in the region.