Ciò che interessa al governo israeliano e a molti dei suoi sostenitori non è la lotta del tutto giustificata contro l’antisemitismo. Copertina – Benyamin Netanyahu alla commemorazione della retata del Velodromo d’hivèr, 16 luglio 2017.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc’s initiative to facilitate payment to/from Iran as part of efforts to save the 2015 nuclear deal could be in place before November, when the US is to re-impose the second batch of its anti-Iran sanctions.
Mogherini said Wednesday she believes the “Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)”, which is aimed at keeping trade with Tehran flowing while the US sanctions are in place, will be established before November even though it is still at an initial stage now.
The plan to create the special payment channel was first announced in a joint statement by Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday, after a ministerial meeting of Iran and the remaining parties to the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“Mindful of the urgency and the need for tangible results, the participants [of the Monday meeting] welcomed practical proposals to maintain and develop payment channels, notably the initiative to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle to facilitate payments related to Iran’s exports, including oil, and imports, which will assist and reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran,” the statement read.
“The participants reaffirmed their strong will to support further work aimed at the operationalization of such a Special Purpose Vehicle as well as continued engagement with regional and international partners,” it added.
The statement also said the remaining parties to the JCPOA were determined to “protect the freedom of their economic operators to pursue legitimate business with Iran.”
In her Wednesday comments, Mogherini said the US is still the EU’s strongest ally, but the bloc cannot allow other states to decide with whom European countries can do business.
Mogherini’s remarks come as the EU’s SPV plan has outraged the US officials. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a gathering of the so-called “United Against Nuclear Iran” in New York that he was “deeply disappointed” that the remaining countries in the nuclear deal plan to set up a special payment system with Iran to bypass US sanctions.
He also condemned the plan as “one of the most counterproductive measures imaginable”.
In an address to the same meeting, US National Security Adviser John Bolton also blasted the EU plan, and pressed the SWIFT global payments messaging system to reconsider dealing with the Islamic Republic.
He said his country would not allow the EU or anyone else to undermine the “aggressive and unwavering” enforcement of US sanctions on Iran.
“The European Union is strong on rhetoric and weak on follow-through. We will be watching the development of this structure (SPV) that doesn’t exist yet and has no target date to be created. We do not intend to allow our sanctions to be evaded by Europe or anybody else,” Bolton said.
Earlier, the EU also promised to protect firms against the impact of US sanctions for doing business with Iran.
thanks to: PressTv
GAZA, November 8, 2014 – (WAFA) – European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini stated Saturday that Gaza can’t afford a fourth war and affirmed the EU’s commitment and support to Gaza reconstruction.
Mogherini made her remarks during a joint press conference with UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl at al-Bahrain school in Tal al-Hawa in western Gaza city, an UNRWA-run school sheltering hundreds of internally-displaced people whose houses were destroyed during the 51-day aggression on Gaza.
Mogherini arrived Saturday in the Gaza Strip coming from Jerusalem through Erez border crossing point. She visited Sheja’eya neighborhood and met with the Palestinian families whose houses were destroyed during the recent Israeli onslaught on the coastal enclave and listened to their suffering.
Noting that she visited Gaza to examine the humanitarian situation, Mogherini stated that she, as a mother, came to the Gaza Strip to directly see the humanitarian situation following the war, and that during the Cairo-based Gaza Reconstruction Conference she maintained that situation should change in the strip.
She added: “There is no time to wait. We should work more quickly in regard to Gaza reconstruction, a commitment that we have made. We should do everything to see children returning to their houses before they turn a year old.”
She expressed her thanks for the UNRWA and noted that the EU stands ready to help the Palestinians in Gaza live in a better situation, adding: “We in Europe know that the only means to end this suffering is bringing this conflict to an end and establishing a Palestinian state living in peace with Israel.”
Moughrini stressed that the EU needs an effective functioning Palestinian government in Gaza and expressed her hopes to see that possible soon, adding: “Most importantly, we call upon all parties to return to negotiations and resume the peace process.”
She stressed the EU’s support for rebuilding Gaza, noting that the EU should put all its political weight to resume the political process and enable the Palestinian national consensus government to effectively operate in the strip.
Regarding the EU’s recognition of the State of Palestine, Mogherini remarked that the EU has not yet reached a consensus to do so and that it is the decision of each EU state. Nevertheless she stressed: “We need a Palestinian state; that is the ultimate goal and is the position of all the European Union.”
“What’s important for me is not whether other countries, be they European or not, recognize Palestine… I’d be happy if, during my mandate, the Palestinian state existed,’ she told French newspaper Le Monde, Newsweek reported.
Mogherini reportedly met in Gaza city with four ministers in the Palestinian unity government. According to Office of the European Union Representative Office, she had a joint press conference with Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah at 3:30 p.m. at the Prime Minister’s Office and would meet President Mahmoud Abbas at 6:30 p.m.
thanks to: WAFA