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Annual EU-U.S. summit in Washington on Wednesday

WASHINGTON (ANA - E. Ellis) - The leaders of the European Union and of the United States will meet at the White House on Wednesday for the annual EU-U.S. summit.

The strengthening of transatlantic cooperation, international issuess such as the Middle East problem, Iraq, the confrontation of international terrorism, the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, judicial cooperation and U.S.-EU trade and economic relations will be discussed at the summit, which is the third of its kind during the presidency of George W. Bush.

The European delegation will be headed by Greek Prime Minister and European Council President Costas Simitis and European Commission President Romano Prodi. Also present will be EU High Representative for Security and Foreign Policy Javier Solana, Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou, Greek Justice Minister Filippos Petsalnikos, Deputy Press Minister Telemahos Hytiris and EU Commissioners Loyola de Palacio and Pascal Lamy.

The summit will begin with a meeting between Bush, Simitis and Prodi and followed by discussions of the two delegations which will conclude with a working luncheon.

The three leaders will give a joint press conference at the White House and later Simitis and Prodi will brief reporters at their hotels.

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