The President of the Palestinian Authority has met senior EU representatives in Brussels.\n\n Mahmoud Abbas met Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, parliament president Antonio Tajani and head of the diplomatic service, Federica Mogherini.\n\n \n\n\n The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at European Council headquarters in Brussels #Palestine #EU #Abbas pic.twitter.com/awHZqbUAsH\u2014 Wiktor Dabkowski (@Brussels_PJ) 27 mars 2017\n \n\n \n\n\n For Mogherini, there is only one way to achieve peace in the Middle East.\n\n \u201cWe remain committed to a negotiated two state solution that remains for us the only viable way to end the conflict and all claims. Our EU policy on this has not changed, our position on Jerusalem as future capital of both states has not changed and we support Palestinian presence in East Jerusalem\u201d\n\n \u201cAs you know the international references, the international agreements on which we base ourselves, including the basis for the EU policy for peace in our region, they are all based on the two-state solution in line with the 1967 borders. Palestine and Israel living together in peace,\u201d responded Mahmoud Abbas.\n\n In tweets\n\n \n\n\n Happy to welcome President Abbas again \u2013 EU continues to work with partners for peace in the Middle East pic.twitter.com/wiRAT2I8PJ\u2014 Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) 27 mars 2017\n \n\n \n\n\n President JunckerEU meets with Palestinian president_abbas. Brussels, now. #MEPP #EU #Palestine pic.twitter.com/dfqDJ5RClL\u2014 Maja Kocijan\u010di\u010d (@MajaEUspox) 27 mars 2017\n \n\n \n\n\n #Palestine-EU relations: EP_President met w/ M. Abbas, Palestinian President: DOWNLOAD VIDEO - arrival&roundtable https://t.co/d5AXpXcQ9n pic.twitter.com/vdY8Svz5fi— EP Audiovisual (europarlAV) 27 mars 2017\n \n\n \n\n\n Peace talks\n\n Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been frozen since 2014. Settlements are one of the most heated issues.\n\n Palestinians want the West Bank and East Jerusalem for their own state, along with the Gaza Strip.\n\n Settlement building\n\n Israel is building in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, where Palestinians want to establish their state and capital. The areas were seized by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.\n\n What Angela Merkel says\n\n On Friday, the German chancellor said she was concerned about Israel\u2019s building in settlements in the occupied West Bank.\n\n Merkel said the work is undermining progress towards a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians.\n\n \u201cAs before, I see no reasonable alternative to the goal of a two-state solution,\u201d Merkel told reporters before holding talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Berlin.\n\n \u201cBoth the Israeli and Palestinian people have the right to live in peace and security and none of the other options can deliver that credibility,\u201d the German chancellor said.\n\n What Washington says\n\n Merkel\u2019s comments jar with past remarks by US President Donald Trump. He has expressed some ambivalence about a two-state solution.\n\n He has, however, recently invited Abbas to visit the White House.