01/08/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

EU Votes To Upgrade Israel Relations Despite Arab Lobbying

The European Union's 27 foreign ministers unanimously approved upgrading relations with Israel on Monday, despite vigorous efforts by the Palestinian Authority and Egypt to thwart the move.

The first expression of this decision will be a first-of-its-kind meeting between Israel's prime minister and all the leaders of the EU member states in Brussels this April.

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