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EU leaders vow to back trans-Atlantic ties
BRUSSELS (AP) - European Union leaders are vowing to maintain a strong trans-Atlantic partnership despite their anger over allegations of widespread U.S. spying on its allies. France and Germany insist new surveillance rules should be agreed with the United States by the end of the year.
French President Francois Hollande said early Friday that "what is at stake is preserving our relations with the United States," and insisted "trust has to be restored and reinforced."
Heading into the final day of their summit, most EU leaders echoed that good partnership trumped deep resentment over the snooping of U.S. security forces.
President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, whose country holds the EU presidency, said "the main thing is that we look to the future. The trans-Atlantic partnership was and is important."