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09-05-2021 11:24

Foreign Minister's to Brussels for the EU Foreign Affairs Council

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, heads to Brussels, where tomorrow, Monday, he will participate in the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union.

Under the current affairs item on the agenda, the Member States' Foreign Ministers will be briefed by the EU High Representative, Mr Josep Borrell, inter alia, on recent developments in Afghanistan, on EU-Russia relations, on the situation in Lebanon, on the postponement of the Palestinian elections, on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran (JCPOA), and on the latest developments in Belarus.

Under the same item, Mr Christodoulides, will have the opportunity to inform his counterparts about the discussions and outcome of the Informal Meeting on Cyprus convened that was convened by the UN Secretary General, which took place in Geneva, on 27-29 April.

Later, the Foreign Ministers will discuss the situation in the Western Balkans, with an emphasis on EU cooperation with the countries of the region, as well the latter’s progress towards completion of their European perspective.

Furthermore, the Ministers will review transatlantic relations, especially in view of the EU-US Summit in June, while in the same context the strengthening of cooperation with the USA on a number of regional and international issues will be considered.

In the afternoon, the Foreign Ministers will hold an exchange of views, via teleconference, with the US President's Special Envoy for Climate, Mr John Kerry, during which they will discuss ways to expand EU - US cooperation and take joint action in this area.

On the sidelines of the Council, Mr. Christodoulides will hold a number of bilateral meetings and contacts with counterparts, in which developments in relation to the Cyprus problem and issues of common interest are expected to be discussed.