Foreign Minister participated in the EU Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the deliberations of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), held today in Brussels. At the meeting, the EU-Africa relations were reviewed, as well as the situation in Syria and the migration crisis.

In his intervention during the debate on the EU-Africa relations, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said that, despite the fact that Africa faces multiple challenges, it remains a continent with unlimited perspectives. Minister Kasoulides noted that there are positive examples of African countries, where the rule of law dominates, and stressed that the peoples of Africa have proven that they have the will to oppose to dictatorships. In this context, the Minister of Foreign Affairs referred particularly to the importance of supporting the rule of law and justice, factors which are closely connected with the goal for economic growth. He underlined that the EU should engage in a genuine dialogue with its African partners, giving emphasis on the cooperation in sectors, such as education, health, youth support and women’s rights. Minister Kasoulides, finally, added that the EU-Africa cooperation should be a relation amongst equals that will take full advantage of regional factors such as the African Union.

On the sidelines of the Council’s deliberations, Foreign Minister Kasoulides had consecutive meetings with the EU High Representative, Mrs Federica Mogherini, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the Minister of European Affairs of the United Kingdom, Sir Alan Duncan, with whom he discussed the ongoing developments on the Cyprus problem.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs signed, on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus, the EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement, which aims at enhancing the relations of the Union with Cuba. He also signed, on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus, as one of the 19 contributing members, the constitutive Agreement of the EU Trust Fund for Colombia, in the presence of the Colombian President, Mr Juan Manuel Santos Calderon.

Source: Press and Information Office