20 July 2012
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Neighbours the focus of Foreign Affairs Council
Both our southern and eastern neighbours are the focus when Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt travels to Brussels on Monday 23 July for an EU foreign ministers meeting.
Developments in Syria are high on the agenda. The foreign ministers will discuss the escalating violence in the country, possible sanctions against the regime and how the EU can continue to support the opposition. The post-elections situation in Egypt and Libya will also be up for discussion.
The foreign ministers will also discuss the Eastern Partnership between the EU and the partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldavia, Ukraine and Belarus. After the Council meeting, Mr Bildt will take part in a foreign minister-level meeting between the EU and the six countries. The meeting is expected to focus on the Partnership's continued development and the importance of the partner countries fulfilling their commitments in terms of human rights, democracy and other central reforms.