British Prime Minister Truss to attend European political summit in Prague-source
LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Liz Truss will attend the first European Political Community summit in the Czech Republic next week, a government source said on Thursday.
Truss advisers have also offered to host the forum’s next summit in Britain, an EU diplomatic source said.
Politico, which first announced Truss’ attendance at the summit, said the meeting will focus on the Ukraine conflict and energy security.
French President Emmanuel Macron first proposed the idea of a European Political Community in an effort to counter Russian and Chinese influence in the Balkans and Eastern Europe.
The idea was also to ensure that countries like Great Britain, Norway and Switzerland have a political forum to collaborate with the European Union and work on common projects, such as immigration or ‘energy.
Some countries, however, expressed skepticism, fearing the new grouping was a way to keep EU aspirants out of the club, while others criticized it as a new store of discussion without a clear objective.
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Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and Sachin Ravikumar in London and Michel Rose in Paris; Editing by Toby Chopra, Alistair Bell and Sandra Maler
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