09/18/2014 04:03 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:59 EDT

Canada to host top European Union leaders for summit this month

GRIMSBY, Ont. - Two senior members of the European Union will be in Canada later this month for what is billed as a Canada-EU summit.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, will be in Ottawa and Toronto on Sept. 26.

Harper made the announcement in Grimsby, Ont., while meeting with members of the local business community.

A statement from Harper says the leaders will discuss a Canada-EU trade deal and talk about a variety of international issues such as the conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria.

Last month Canadian and EU negotiators worked out a text of the trade agreement.

The EU's 28 member countries must sign off on the deal.