EU to Liberman: 'we are actively engaged'
The European Union on Monday responded to an outburst by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman by saying the bloc remained "actively engaged" in the Middle East process.
In comments widely published in the Israeli press, outspoken Lieberman told French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and his Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos :"Before coming here to tell us how to solve our conflicts, I would expect you could have at least solved all the problems within Europe."
Asked for comment, a spokeswoman for the EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton reiterated the union's commitment to efforts to seek peace in the region.
"We are actively engaged. We have a very strong interest in the ongoing peace process," said Maja Kocijancik.
Before travelling to Amman, Moratinos had said: "If we didn't have a role, if we didn't have any weight, if we didn't have any influence, maybe our friend Lieberman wouldn't have reacted as he did."
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