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21-02-2021 10:40

Foreign Minister to travel to Brussels to participate in the EU Foreign Affairs Council

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, travels to Brussels to participate in the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union, which takes place tomorrow, Monday, 22 February, throughout the day.

During the session of the Council, the Foreign Ministers will hold the first exchange of views, by video conference, with the new US Secretary of State, Mr Antony Blinken, on international and regional issues related to transatlantic relations.

Prior to that, under current affairs, the Ministers will be briefed by the EU High Representative, Mr Josep Borrell, on the situation in Iran and Belarus, among other issues, whilst they are also expected to exchange views on the situation in Myanmar and in Ethiopia.

Furthermore, the Foreign Ministers will discuss EU-Russia relations, as well as the situation in Hong Kong, in light of the latest developments, respectively.

Finally, the Council will assess the implementation of the Compass Strategy, which is an ongoing EU initiative aimed at mapping threats and setting a common direction for the EU in the fields of security and defence.

On the side-lines of the Council, Mr Christodoulides will, inter alia, meet with his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, with whom he is set to discuss bilateral and European issues of common interest to the two countries.