France, Germany to back Ukraine pact despite Dutch 'No': Hollande

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 6:35 PM

(Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; writing by Leigh Thomas; editing by John Irish).

France and Germany will continue to back an EU agreement on closer ties with Ukraine, French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday after Dutch voters rejected the pact in a referendum.

"As distant as Europe is concerned, it'll implement what it can of the organization (agreement)," Hollande told a news conference after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Metz eastern France.

"As distant as France and Germany, we'll continue maintain Ukraine and apply the organization agreement in our respective countries," he added.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; writing by Leigh Thomas; editing by John Irish)

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