The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides is in Brussels to participate in the European Union Foreign Affairs Council, which will be held on Monday, February 17.
At the beginning of the Council’s work, the Foreign Ministers of the Member States will be briefed by the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, on the latest developments in current foreign policy issues.
The Foreign Ministers will exchange views on the situation in Libya, emphasizing the need to strengthen EU’s role in the country, while Josep Borrell will brief on the outcome of the meeting in the Berlin initiative on Libya in Munich on Sunday.
They will also evaluate EU-African Union relations as part of the process of shaping the Union’s strategic priorities in view of the forthcoming Ministerial Meeting and the EU Heads of State and Government – African Union Summit.
In the framework of a working lunch the Foreign Ministers will exchange views with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, focusing on foreign policy, regional security, climate change and trade, ahead of the EU-India Summit in Brussels in March.
On the sidelines of the Council’s work, Nikos Christodoulides will participate earlier in an informal working breakfast organized on the initiative of the Italian Foreign Minister, in the presence of the Albanian Foreign Minister, while he also will attend a dinner on Monday night along with a small number of Foreign Ministers of the Member States of the Union, hosted by Josep Borrell.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will also be in Brussels and is scheduled to will meet with his Estonian counterpart Urmas Reinsalu, a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2020-21./ibna