Belgium – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and Philippe Goffin, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense of the Kingdom of Belgium (14 January 2020)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is meeting today with his Belgium counterpart, Philippe Goffin. This meeting falls within the framework of the close cooperation between our two countries on international and European issues, further strengthened by Belgium’s current membership of the UN Security Council.

The ministers will exchange views on the management of major international crises and will discuss support for the external operations to which our two countries contribute alongside each other. They will focus on making our joint commitments a reality, and on further strengthening our cooperation on conflict prevention and stabilization, notably in the Sahel and in the Great Lakes region, in the context of their commitment to the fight against terrorist groups. The ministers will also discuss the Syrian and Libyan issues, as well as the ongoing crisis in the Middle East, regarding which Jean-Yves Le Drian will underscore France’s determination to work together with Belgium toward achieving a de-escalation.