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EU foreign ministers meet Sunday after Trump election

AFP , Wednesday 9 Nov 2016
File Photo: Newly elected Republican President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media during a tour of his International Golf Links course north of Aberdeen on the east coast of Scotland on June 25, 2016. (Photo: AFP)
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EU foreign ministers will hold a special meeting Sunday following Donald Trump's upset win in the US presidential election, EU officials said.

"I can confirm that... (EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini) invited EU foreign ministers to Brussels on Sunday evening for an informal dinner to exchange views on the way forward in EU-US relations following the US elections," a spokeswoman for Mogherini said Wednesday.

The ministers were due to hold a regular monthly meeting in Brussels on Monday, with the focus expected to be on Turkey, but Trump's surprise victory has sent shockwaves through Europe worried he may review US defence commitments to NATO.

Earlier Monday, the European Union's top officials Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker invited Trump to a summit to "chart the course of our relations for the next four years."

"Today, it is more important than ever to strengthen transatlantic relations," they said in a letter, stressing the need to cooperate in face of a series of challenges, including the fight against Islamic State militants and the Ukraine crisis.

"We should spare no effort to ensure that the ties that bind us remain strong and durable," they said.

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