Charles Michel goes into quarantine, EU summit postponed

European Council President Charles Michel postponed a summit of European Union leaders on Thursday and Friday until the start of October after going into coronavirus quarantine due to contact with an infected security guard, news wires reported.

“The president today learned that a security officer, with whom he was in close contact early last week, tested positive for COVID,” Michel’s spokesman said. “The president is tested regularly and tested negative yesterday. Respecting Belgian rules, he has gone into quarantine as of today,” the spokesman said on Tuesday.

The postponement is a blow to Greece and Cyprus, who must now wait until Oct.1-2 for EU leaders to discuss how to respond to rising tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean over energy resources there. Michel, a former Belgian prime minister, spent much of the past week in shuttle diplomacy over the Turkey issue, including trips to Cyprus, the Greek island of Lesbos and Athens, Reuters recalls.

The infected security officer was based in Brussels, an EU source said.

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