Foreign Affairs Minister to participate in the EU Foreign Affairs Council and the EU General Affairs Council

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, will participate in the EU Foreign Affairs Council and the EU General Affairs Council, which will be held on 6 and 7 March 2017 respectively, in Brussels.

The EU Foreign Affairs Council is expected to start with a joint session of the EU Defence and Foreign Affairs Ministers on security and defence issues flowing from the EU Global Strategy.

The works will be followed by an informal luncheon to be attended by the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, Mr Sameh Shoukry, and Ministers will discuss a number of issues, inter alia, the situation in the region and the EU-Egypt relations.

Following, the Council will debate on the situation in the Western Balkans and the external aspects of Migration by focusing on the 3rd Progress Report on the EU Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration. Ministers will also review the latest developments in the Middle East peace process.

Moreover, the General Affairs Council will prepare the European Council on 9-10 March 2017 by examining draft conclusions.

On the sidelines of the two Councils, Minister Kasoulides will hold a meeting with the British Secretary of State, Mr Boris Johnson, at the request of the latter, to discuss the latest developments in the Cyprus problem. Minister Kasoulides will also hold a meeting with the Irish Minister of State for European Affairs, Mr Dara Murphy, at Mr Murphy’s request, to discuss Brexit.

Minister Kasoulides returns to Cyprus on Wednesday, March 8.

Source: Press and Information Office