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    Belgium, France to Hold Joint Counterterrorism Summit in Brussels Monday

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    Belgium and France will convene a joint extraordinary summit on the measures to counter terrorism, as well as the migrant crisis in Brussels on Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The summit will be held at the Chateau of Val Duchesse, famous for a number of important formal meetings, including the first European Commission meeting in 1958 and the Belgo-British Conferences  in the 2000s.

    The purpose of the summit is to address and improve bilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism and to develop more effective collaboration on migrant camps on the French-Belgian border.

    The participants of the summit are expected to be France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, and French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira, and their Belgian counterparts — Interior Minister Jan Jambon and Minister of Justice Koen Geens.

    On November 13, a series of terrorist attacks in Paris claimed the lives of some 130 people. The Islamic State (ISIL, Daesh) terrorist group, which is outlawed in Russia and many other countries, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

    Some of the terrorists allegedly responsible for the attacks arrived in France from Belgium, according to the police. One of the key perpetrators, Salah Abdeslam, who is still at large, lived in a Brussels district with large migrant population.

    The forces of both France and Belgium have been on high alert and in coordination following the attacks.


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