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“The United States values our growing partnership with the EU, and we see it as a cornerstone of global peace and security,” Mrs. Clinton told reporters after her private meeting with Mrs. Ashton on Wednesday.

“It goes to the point of being self-evident that our ties with Europe are broad and deep, rooted in our common values and our shared history.”

Mrs. Ashton, whose formal title is high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy, said she updated Mrs. Clinton on EU diplomacy to support peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians and called for Israel to extend its moratorium on Jewish housing construction in Jerusalem.

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