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Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting (Brussels, July 22, 2013)

Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting (Brussels, July 22, 2013)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will participate on July 22 in Brussels in the Foreign Affairs Council meeting which will be chaired by Ms. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

At the beginning of the Council meeting, the high representative will provide details on the EU’s comprehensive framework for action in Burma for the next two years. She will also present an overview of the EU water diplomacy strategy and will further comment on the latest developments in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

The ministers will discuss the political situation in Egypt following President Morsi’s removal from office.

They will then review the implementation of the EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights, a year after the adoption of these documents.

The ministers will also discuss the situation in several African countries: Mali, in the context of the presidential election on July 28; Somalia, in the run-up to the conference to be held on September 16 under the auspices of the high representative; the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes Region; Sudan and South Sudan.

Lastly, the ministers will hold discussions on the Eastern Partnership, in order to prepare for the 4th ministerial meeting which will take place on the same day in Brussels with the six Eastern partners and which will be attended by Mr. Thierry Repentin, Minister Delegate for European Affairs.

A working lunch will be devoted to the efforts to relaunch the peace process led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and will also provide an opportunity to revisit the situation in Syria and Lebanon.


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