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Two Key Greek Ministers Hospitalized, Will Miss EU Summit


Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

Economically struggling Greece says its new prime minister is recovering from an eye operation and will not be able to travel to a critical European Union summit this week.

A doctor for Antonis Samaras says the premier is forbidden from flying after undergoing surgery for a detached retina on June 23, just three days after being sworn in.

Greece's incoming finance minister, Vassilis Rapanos, will also miss the summit after being hospitalized on June 22 following a collapse.

Outgoing Finance Minister Giorgos Zanias, who was a key negotiator for Greece's bailout deal, will attend the summit in his stead.

The country's new foreign minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, will also attend the June 28-29 summit in Brussels, where Greece had been expected to launch efforts to renegotiate the terms of its austerity-centered EU bailout.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP

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