European Union - Jean-Yves Le Drian to attend Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels, 17 July 2017)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will attend the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on July 17.

The ministers will review the situation in Mosul and Raqqa. Mr. Le Drian will brief them on his visit to the Gulf.

The ministers will work on the migration crisis and the political situation in Libya as the new UN secretary-general’s special representative, Ghassan Salamé, prepares to assume his duties.

They will examine the responses to be given to the nuclear and ballistic crisis in North Korea following the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4. North Korea’s destabilizing actions call for a firm response from the EU, one that includes stepping up pressure and a thorough reexamination of our relations with North Korea.

They will also review the crisis in Venezuela.

Discussions will deal with the implementation priorities for the global strategy of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. On this occasion, Jean-Yves Le Drian will reiterate France’s priorities, particularly the conclusion of work on security and defense, and strengthening the EU’s commitment on eight other major challenges, including the climate.

Mr. Le Drian prepared this Foreign Affairs Council with Ms. Mogherini during their meeting in Paris on July 13.

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