FM Kasoulides welcomes Middle East Peace Process efforts and calls for cooperation with Israel against terrorism

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides welcomes EU and international efforts to renew dialogue on Middle East peace process and calls for enhanced cooperation between EU and Israel in the field of countering terrorism, during informal EU 28 ministerial breakfast with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During the two hour breakfast EU Ministers and the Israeli PM exchanged opinions on the developments in the region.

Foreign Minister is in Brussels, participating in the EUs Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), with the latest developments in the Middle East and the situation in Iraq as the main items on the agenda.

During his intervention in the Middle East discussion, Foreign Minister I. Kasoulides welcomed the recent announcement by Lebanon Prime Minister Al-Hariri, who withdrew his previous resignation. Mr Hariris decision, the Foreign Minister noted, restored the uncertainty that prevailed in Lebanon from the date on which he resigned. Addressing his counterparts, the Minister stressed that security, stability and unity in the country must be safeguarded, while referring to the importance of strengthening state institutions in the context of a “decoupling policy” by regional conflicts.

Then, at the point of the debate on the situation in Syria, I. Kasoulides reiterated the priority to be given to the promotion of the Geneva process, and a political solution that responds to the expectations of the entire Syrian people.

Finally, in an intervention on Iraq, the Foreign Minister noted that while Daesh operations continue, reconstruction remains the main challenge , as well as mending the countrys political, economic and social fabric, in a comprehensive manner, in order to ensure a stable and secure state in the interests of the entire Iraqi people. Referring to the new EU Strategy in Iraq, Mr. Kasoulides noted that we expect it to be released at the beginning of next year for discussion and adoption at the Foreign Affairs Council in January.

It is noted that the Foreign Ministers of the G5 Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad, Mauritania) held a working lunch at Foreign Ministers level with their EU counterparts. They discussed the situation in the region and exchanged views on joint actions and further cooperation to promote peace, security and development in these countries.

Source: Cyprus News Agency