Arab Times

EU meets Balkan leaders:

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EU leaders will seek to boost ties with the Balkans at a summit next week, but it looks set to be overshadow­ed by the rift with US President Donald Trump over the Iran nuclear deal.

The meeting of European leaders with six Balkan counterpar­ts on Thursday in Bulgaria comes as Brussels tries to counter growing Russian influence in the region with promises of eventual membership of the EU.

However Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran accord, together with threatened trade tariffs which have also strained transatlan­tic ties, will dominate a dinner of the EU leaders on the eve of the summit on Wednesday.

“Policies of @realDonald­Trump on #IranDeal and trade will meet a united European approach. EU leaders will tackle both issues at the summit in Sofia next week,” European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted. (AFP)

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