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EU Mogherini set to meet Arab Joint List chairman

Sept. 4, 2018 3:35 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 6, 2018 1:04 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Federica Mogherini, the European Union foreign policy chief, is still set to meet with Arab Joint List chairman, Ayman Odeh, in Brussels on Tuesday regarding the controversial "Nationality Law."

Israeli Haaretz news outlet reported that in recent weeks, Israeli officials attempted to pressure Mogherini to cancel the planned meeting with Ayman Odeh, who sent a personal letter to Mogherini in June, after the controversial law passed its first reading and requested the EU to intervene.

Sources added that Mogherini originally agreed to meet with representatives of the Arab Joint List to hear their concerns over issues caused by the "Nationality Law" which was labeled as "racist" towards non-Jewish minorities in Israel.

According to Mogherini's office, she will meet Odeh as planned, despite the reported pressure by Israeli officials.

Haaretz also reported that sources involved in arranging the meeting said that Mogherini rejected Israeli entreaties to cancel it.

The Arab Joint List said in a statement that the meeting with Mogherini is an opportunity to present issues that affect Arabs in Israel.

It is noteworthy that this is the first time Mogherini will meet with Israeli-Arab lawmakers.

The delegation of the Arab Joint List had arrived in Brussels on Monday to ensure continued European support for a possible United Nations resolution, condemning Israel for the "Nationality Law."

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