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EU working to be Arabs partner – European Commission Pres.

SHARM ELSHEIKH, Egypt, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU and Arab countries are “partners” on political matters as well as trade and investment.

“We Europeans, are your partners in the road toward peace,” Juncker told leaders at the First EU-Arab Summit in Egyptian Sharm El-Sheikh resort.

He meantioned that the EU had allocated a large sum to help the Palestinians, stressing the need to find a just solution to their predicament.

Regarding Syria, Juncker said that the EU also allocated USD 17 billion for humanitarian assistance.

EU cooperates significantly with the Arab League in this regard, he noted.

He said that a lot of efforts were needed to develop trade and investment between both regions. This would create more job opportunities and further growth for all, he said.

The European official said both needed to work together to meet these challenges despite their differences of views.

For his part, European Council President Donald Tusk said that the rapprochement between Arab and European countries requires everyone to face common challenges and seize the real opportunities.

“Despite the differences between us, there are two ways of coexistence, cooperation or conflict,” he said. The European side chooses to cooperate, he said.

Tusk called to take into account the common interest of the two sides in order to create favorable conditions for long-term stability to ensure the stability and prosperity that the peoples of European and Arab countries deserve.

This cooperation could be reached through financing education, reducing unemployment, encouraging investments and helping to promote trade, he suggested.

On migration, Tusk underlined that cooperation was needed to put an end to trafficking and to address the real causes of the human influx.

Source: Kuwait News Agency