Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will attend an EU-LAS Ministerial Meeting due to take place on Tuesday 20 December, at the League of Arab States Headquarters in Cairo.
It is expected that threats of terrorism and extremism, as well as the Middle East Peace Process, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Iraq and the refugee and migration crises will be discussed.
Representatives of the European Union and the League of Arab States met in Cairo on 30 November 2016 for the fifth meeting of the EU Political and Security Committee and the League of Arab States Permanent Representatives. The second round of the Strategic Cooperation Working Groups was also convened on the margins of the meeting.
The Ambassadors held constructive discussions on issues of mutual interest, acknowledging the importance of working together to address common political, economic, social, and security challenges, they welcomed the strengthening of the Euro-Arab partnership as an adequate regional response.
It was these fruitful discussions that paved the way for the next EU-LAS Ministerial Meeting to take place on Tuesday 20 December 2016, at the League of Arab States Headquarters in Cairo.
Since the launch of the EU-LAS Strategic Dialogue on November 2015, progress has been made in developing Euro-Arab operational cooperation, particularly in the fields of conflict prevention, early warning and crisis management, humanitarian assistance, counter-terrorism, transnational organised crime and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and arms control, in the framework of the specific Working Groups dedicated to these topics. A further Working Group on Migration was also launched, demonstrating the shared regional interests and the common challenges faced on this issue. The representatives of LAS-EU welcomed the meeting of the six working Groups in the framework of strategic cooperation.
Conscious of the opportunities and the challenges lying ahead for Euro-Arab relations, the Political and Security Committee and the Arab Permanent Representatives expressed their determination to work together for a safer and better future for all./ΙΒΝΑ