March 31, 2009 / 8:36 AM / 10 years ago

EU presidency: Not happy with some Israeli policies

Czech President Vaclav Klaus (R) listens to his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres at Prague Castle March 30, 2009. REUTERS/David W Cerny

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech EU presidency is not happy with some Israeli policies and an EU-Israel summit is unlikely to take place in the next three months, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said on Tuesday.

“We are not happy with some of the steps of the Israeli government, namely construction works close to Jerusalem but also access to Gaza, which is today very limited,” daily Lidove Noviny quoted Schwarzenberg as saying. “The new Israeli government has not raised much excitement either.”

Schwarzenberg said it was unlikely that the Czech presidency would hold an EU-Israel summit as earlier planned.

Reporting by Jana Mlcochova

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