Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, participated, on May 27 in Brussels, in the next Foreign Affairs Council, which was chaired by Ms. Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
Following the meeting of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People in Amman and the meeting of the Syrian National Coalition in Istanbul, the ministers discussed the situation in Syria. In particular, they examined the issue of the arms embargo, which expires on June 1, and the American-Russian initiative on convening an international conference, the so-called Geneva II Conference. Conclusions were adopted.
The ministers discussed the situation in Egypt and the deteriorating security situation in Libya following the attack on the French Embassy, while the EU has just launched a training and advisory mission focusing on border security. They also discussed the situation in the Middle East and support for the American initiative on promoting the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
With respect to Mali, the 27 member states adopted conclusions on the political situation, the elections, and the reconciliation process, following the success of the donors’ conference on May 15.
Lastly, the ministers held a preliminary discussion on the Common Security and Defense Policy, its visibility and the effectiveness of the European missions, in preparation for the European Council in December which will be specifically devoted to this issue.