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Israel halts meetings as Belgium labels West Bank settlement products

The Belgian decision to label West Bank settlement products was made as Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll is visiting the country and ahead of a scheduled meeting with Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes.

Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll cancelled his meetings in Brussels scheduled for today with Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes and with Belgian parliamentarians. Explaining the cancellation, Roll tweeted, "The Belgian government's decision to label products from Judea and Samaria strengthens extremists, does not help promote peace in the region, and shows Belgium as not contributing to regional stability."

A statement by Israel’s Foreign Ministry read, "The decision to label products harms both Israelis and Palestinians and goes against the Israeli government's policy focused on improving the lives of Palestinians and strengthening the Palestinian Authority and with improving Israel's relations with other European countries." 

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