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

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, participated on July 22 in Brussels in the Foreign Affairs Council meeting which was 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 provided details on the EU’s comprehensive framework for action in Burma for the next two years. She also presented an overview of the EU water diplomacy strategy and further commented on the latest developments in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

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

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

The ministers also discussed 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 holded discussions on the Eastern Partnership, in order to prepare for the 4th ministerial meeting which took place on the same day in Brussels with the six Eastern partners and which was attended by Mr. Thierry Repentin, Minister Delegate for European Affairs.

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



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