Mediterranean Union summit postponed to November: Egyptian FM

09:48, May 24, 2010      

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Egypt said on Sunday the second summit of the Mediterranean Union will be postponed to November this year in Barcelona, Spain.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said the postponement aims to increase the opportunity of success, according to a press statement aired by Egypt's Nile News TV.

"In order to secure the biggest opportunity of success and credibility and the widest participation, we have decided to postpone the summit for several months," Abul Gheit said following a meeting with his Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos and French counterpart Bernard Kouchner.

The Barcelona summit was first scheduled to be held on June 7 as a continuation of the summit held in Paris in July 2008.

The Spanish government confirmed on Thursday that the Union preferred to delay the meeting to allow indirect negotiations between Palestinians and Israeli to advance.

Abul Gheit added that the summit will be held late in November to coincide with the launch of the Barcelona Process in 1995.

The Mediterranean Union brings together the 27-nation EU and 16 partner countries across the southern Mediterranean and the Middle East, which is designed to encourage economic, environmental and other kinds of cooperation.

Source: Xinhua


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