First EU-Arab League Summit 'very important' - Juncker

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Published on February 24, 2019 - Duration: 00:44s

First EU-Arab League Summit 'very important' - Juncker

The European Commission President was speaking as the summit, which will play host to more than 20 European heads of state or government, opened.

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First EU-Arab League Summit 'very important' - Juncker



European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Sunday (February 24) called the first meeting of the European Union (EU) and the Arab League "very important".

Juncker said the meeting itself was a message but that it was not "sufficient" on its own and that many issues needed addressing at the conference.

The two-day summit at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh is billed as a starting point for the two regional bodies to boost cooperation on shared strategic priorities including migration, security and climate change.

Economic development, the Palestinian question, and the conflicts in Libya, Syria and Yemen are also up for discussion.

More than 20 European heads of state or government will be at the summit, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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