Press Release regarding the Foreign Minister's departure to Brussels for participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nikos Christodoulides, departs today for Brussels, where he is due to take part in the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union that takes place tomorrow, Monday.
During the meeting, the Foreign Ministers will discuss inter alia EU-Turkey relations, in the light of the latest developments and on the basis of the relevant report of the European Commission and the EU High Representative on the state of play and the future of relations between the European Union and Turkey.
Furthermore, the Council is expected to consider the prospects for deepening the EU's relations with the Southern Neighborhood countries and strengthening cooperation within this context.
Under current affairs, the participating Ministers will be briefed by the High Representative and will exchange views, amongst other topics, on EU-Russia relations, the situation in Georgia and Venezuela, as well as on developments in Myanmar and the Western Balkans.
Finally, the Foreign Ministers will take part in a teleconference with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, during which they will review the outcomes of the recent Human Rights Council session and discuss ways in which cooperation and dialogue could be strengthened further.
On the sidelines of the Council, Mr. Christodoulides will hold a meeting with the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Malta, Mr. Evarist Bartolo, with whom they will sign a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries on issues pertaining to co-location of their Diplomatic Missions in third countries.