The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said Sunday the EU is keen on boosting partnerships with the Arab world and defending its rights.
Addressing the first Arab League-European Union summit, which kicked off earlier on Sunday, Juncker said that the two sides are partners in bringing about peace and caring for victims of conflict.
The EU has allocated $17 billion in humanitarian assistance to the Syrians, the top official said.
The union is working closely with the Arab League in this regard, he added.
Juncker urged further efforts to promote trade and investment between Arab and European countries, to provide more job opportunities, stressing the need to work together to meet common challenges.