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EU Leaders Commit to Improving Ties With US

European Union leaders say they are committed to improving ties with the United States, expressing the hope that differences will no longer mar relations during President Bush's second term in office.

Dutch Prime Minister Peter Balkenende, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, says both the United States and Europe share the same values, including the fight against terrorism and poverty.

In a statement, adopted at the conclusion of their summit in Brussels, EU leaders said deep political, economic, and cultural ties make Europe and the United States invaluable partners that must work together to create and just, democratic, and secure world.

European nations, particularly France and Germany, have strongly opposed the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

Some information for AP and AFP.