EU, India concerned about Middle East situation

BRUSSELS, March 30 (KUNA) — The European Union and India expressed here Wednesday their deep concern about the situation in the Middle East.
A joint statement released after the 13th EU-India summit tonight said both sides hoped that intra-Syrian talks, under the UN auspices, will ensure a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political transition, bringing an end to the violence in Syria and contribute to stabilising the country and the region.
Regarding the Middle East peace process, they called on the Israelis and the Palestinians to do their utmost to calm down tensions and prevent further escalation of violence and to engage actively in a process leading towards a comprehensive peace based on a two-state solution, as endorsed by relevant UN Security Council resolutions, the Quartet Roadmap and the Arab Peace Initiative.
They agreed that a stable and democratic Pakistan is in the interest of the entire region and reiterated their commitment for a sustainable, democratic, prosperous and peaceful Afghanistan.
Emphasising that the threat of terrorism is global and needs to be tackled globally, the leaders adopted a Joint Declaration on Counter-terrorism.
The EU was represented at the summit by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and India was represented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Earlier, Modi also met Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and expressed his condolences and strong condemnation of last week’s Brussels terror attack. (end) nk.gb