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After USA, FM flies to Egypt

US President George W. Bush and European Union leaders are to meet in June to discuss international security, Foreign Minister George Papandreou said yesterday after his visit with an EU delegation to Washington on Thursday for talks on Iraq. Papandreou, who was accompanied by EU foreign policy and defense chief Javier Solana and Commissioner for Foreign Relations Chris Patten, met with his counterpart, Colin Powell, and Bush’s national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. Speaking to journalists after the talks, Papandreou said both sides had agreed that Iraq must be disarmed in accordance with UN security council resolution 1441. He added that Washington had accepted the Greek EU presidency’s proposal for a US-EU summit in June. On his way back yesterday, Papandreou stopped in Paris where he conferred with his counterpart Dominique de Villepin. Today, he will represent the EU at a weekend Arab League summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.