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EU’s Tusk cancels Mideast trip due to Brexit crunch

President of the European Council Donald Tusk arrives at a press conference at Government buildings in Dublin, Ireland, Dec. 1, 2017. (Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne)
BRUSSELS: European Council President Donald Tusk canceled a trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories planned for this week due to a “critical moment” in Brexit negotiations, an EU official said on Monday.
Tusk, who scheduled a meeting in Brussels at short notice on Monday with British Prime Minister Theresa May, will chair an EU summit next week that London hopes will give the go-ahead to opening talks on post-Brexit trade relations.
On Wednesday, Tusk had been due to meet Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.