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EU's Michel: 'we want more stability in Eastern Mediterranean'

FILE PHOTO: European Council President Charles Michel attends a news conference following a virtual summit with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European leaders in Brussels, Belgium August 19, 2020. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Council President Charles Michel said on Thursday before an EU summit he will chair that the bloc wanted more stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, where tensions have risen in recent months between Turkey and Greece and Cyprus.

“We want more stability. We want more predictability,” he told reporters before the summit in Brussels, where the difficult relationship between Turkey and the 27-nation EU will be discussed.

“We are completely in solidarity with Greece and Cyprus to defend and protect their sovereign rights,” Michel said.

Reporting by John Chalmers

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