The European Union (EU) has expressed deep sorrow over the death of Saeb Erekat, a prominent Palestinian leader and secretary general of the PLO’s executive committee.

In a statement issued from Brussels, European Foreign Minister Giuseppe Borrell said that the death of Saeb Irkat was a great loss to the Palestinian people and to the Middle East peace process.

 Recalling the services of Saeb Irkat, he said that during his lifetime, the Palestinian leader worked tirelessly to fulfil the legitimate aspirations of his people.