The focus today was on driving the efforts for peace in the Middle East. Aiming at the continued support of negotiations between Israel and Palestine, the Foreign Ministers of the EU Member States, the League of Arab States, the G-20, the nations represented on the United Nations Security Council and representatives of selected partner countries in Asia, Africa and America met for the purpose of safeguarding the two-state solution.
“Everyone who believes that a two-state solution can be forced upon the world is erring,”
Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said. In keeping with the related resolutions of the United Nations, the Berlin Declaration of the European Union as well as the roadmap defined by the Quartet on the Middle East – the USA, United Nations, EU and Russia – a final joint declaration was drawn up for further steps towards a long-term solution for peace.
At the conference, Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz also advocated efforts against radicalisation and terrorism, a priority of the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship.
“Amongst other things, this also stands for a resolute fight against antisemitism and radicalisation in the OSCE region,”
said Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. Austria would have a historical duty to take a determined stand against antisemitism. Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz is also consistently engaged for an intensification of Austro-Israeli relations; he has visited the country three times, most recently on the occasion of the burial of former President Shimon Peres.
At the same time, efforts are made to further step up exchanges between the two countries, e.g. through the Working Holiday Program, visits to Austria under the Young Israeli Leaders Program, and in return, through a visit of young Austrian entrepreneurs to Israel.