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Press Releases, 3/11/2016

Foreign Minister Soini to the Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels

Press release 41/2016
11 March 2016

The EU Foreign Ministers will convene at a meeting of the  Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on 14 March.  Finland's representative at the meeting will be Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini. The agenda of the meeting will include Iran, Russia, Libya, and the Middle East peace process.

High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini will chair the discussion focusing on the relations between the EU and Iran. Broad-based development of the relations will become possible after the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concerning Iran's nuclear programme.

The current developments in the relations between Russia and the EU will also be discussed. The meeting is not expected to raise any new initiatives.

At lunch, the Foreign Ministers will discuss the latest developments and political process in Libya. UN Secretary-General's Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler will attend the meeting. The EU's possible support to Libya will also be touched upon.

The Middle East peace process will be addressed, too. The Ministers will focus on France's initiative to organise an international conference to support the Middle East peace process in the summer of 2016.

A visa waiver agreement between the EU and Peru will be signed at the meeting.

Inquiries: Samuli Virtanen, Secretary of State, tel. +358 295 160 420 and Sari Rautio, European Correspondent, tel. +358 295 351 534.

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