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EU rebuffs Israel calls to recognise Jerusalem as capital

The European Union rejected calls by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to join the US in recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

During his first visit to the European Union headquarters in Brussels, Mr Netanyahu said the US decision helped peace, “because recognising reality is the substance of peace, the foundation of peace.”

Speaking after a breakfast meeting between Mr Netanyahu and EU foreign ministers, Sweden’s foreign minister Margot Wallstrom said no country voiced support for the US move, adding,

“I have a hard time seeing that any other country would do that and I don’t think any other EU country will do it.”

Speaking after the meeting, the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said,

“He can keep his expectations for the others, but from the European Union side this move cannot come.”

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