EU leaders meet to discuss Israel-Iran tensions, Ukraine war

On the last day of the meeting, former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta would present a report on the future of the EU’s single market.

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EU leaders meet to discuss Israel-Iran tensions, Ukraine warEU leaders were in Brussels for a two-day summit starting from Wednesday to discuss the European Union’s economic future, the Ukraine war and major tensions between Israel and Iran.

The EU must “unite in urging all parties to exercise the utmost restraint, respect international law, and avoid action that may increase tensions.’’

European Council President Charles Michel said in a statement ahead of the summit.

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What was supposed to be an in-depth strategic review of the EU’s economic competitiveness had been overshadowed by events in the Middle East.

Iran had directly attacked Israel on Saturday, for the first time in the history of the Islamic Republic.

Iran said the drone and missile attacks were retaliation for the killing of high-ranking Iranian officers in Syria at the beginning of the month.

However, EU leaders plan to discuss whether and, if so, how the EU could contribute to de-escalation in the region.

While other foreign affairs issues to be discussed include the impact of regional instability in the Middle East on Lebanon and the bloc’s relations with Turkey.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was invited to address the assembled EU leaders via video connection.

He, however, urged Ukraine’s allies to supply his country with more air defence systems.

On the last day of the meeting, former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta would present a report on the future of the EU’s single market.

The future bloc’s economic regulatory system would allow goods, money, services and people to move freely across the 27 EU member states.