Spain to ask EU partners to back ICJ over Israel

Foreign Ministers from Spain, Norway and Ireland meet with the PM of the Palestinian Authority Mohammad Mustafa, in Brussels

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said on Monday that he will ask the other 26 European Union member states to issue official backing to the International Court of Justice and take steps to ensure Israel respects its decisions.

"I am going to ask the other 26 partners to declare the backing of the International Court of Justice and its decision, and also, if Israel continues to pursue against that opinion of the Court, we would try to take the right measures to enforce that decision," he told reporters in Brussels during a joint news conference with his Irish and Norwegian counterparts.

(Reporting by Inti Landauro; Editing by David Goodman)