The European Union affirmed its support for the Palestinian approach to holding elections in all Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, expressing its willingness to send a mission to monitor the electoral process.
The representative of the European Union to Palestine, Sven Kohn von Burgsdorf, during his meeting in Ramallah with Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh, stressed the Union’s readiness to support the work of the elections commission.
For his part, Shtayyeh stressed the importance of European support for the conduct of the Palestinian legislative and presidential elections, by sending observers to the conduct of the election process, in addition to ensuring the participation of Jerusalemites, whether by running or voting.
Shtayyeh valued the European Union’s representative’s confirmation of the continuation of support at all levels, whether through continued development projects or political support for a two-state solution. Arrangements for the next donors ’meeting were also discussed.
The leaders of the Palestinian factions agreed, in a meeting on September 3, to hold the legislative and presidential elections.
During the past month, consultations took place between the various factions on elections, the political vision, ending the division, developing methods of popular resistance to the Israeli occupation, and reforming the PLO.
Palestinian officials and faction leaders recently announced that another meeting of the general secretaries of the factions will be held soon in Cairo, followed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issuing a decree setting the date for the elections.