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EU leaders convene to deliberate on Israel-Iran tensions and Ukraine conflict

EU Leaders Gather in Brussels to Discuss Economic Future, Ukraine War, and Israel-Iran Tensions

Brussels, April 17 (IANS/DPA) European Union (EU) leaders are meeting in Brussels for a two-day summit to address the EU’s economic future, the ongoing Ukraine war, and escalating tensions between Israel and Iran. European Council President Charles Michel emphasized the need for all parties to exercise restraint and respect international law.

The summit, originally planned for an in-depth economic review, has been overshadowed by recent events in the Middle East. Iran’s direct attack on Israel marked a significant escalation, with Iran citing retaliation for the killing of high-ranking officers in Syria. EU leaders will deliberate on ways to contribute to de-escalation in the region and address other foreign affairs issues, including impacts on Lebanon and relations with Turkey.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will address the EU leaders via video conferencing, seeking increased support for air defence systems. Additionally, former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta will present a report on the future of the EU’s single market, focusing on the economic regulatory system that facilitates movement of goods, money, services, and people across EU member states.

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