Foreign affairs council held in Luxembourg on Monday

Jean Asselborn will take part in the meetings
Jean Asselborn will take part in the meetings
Photo: Anouk Antony

The situation in Iraq, maritime security, the implementation of the European Union's global strategy and the external aspects on the fight against terrorism will be discussed during a foreign affairs council in Luxembourg on Monday.

Luxembourg's foreign affairs minister, Jean Asselborn, will take part in the meetings, which will also address the cooperation between the EU and NATO.

The foreign affairs council (conseil des affaires étrangères) consists of all EU member states' foreign affairs ministers, and sessions are chaired by the high representative of the union for foreign affairs and security policy, Federica Mogherini.

The council will address the implementation of the EU's global strategy almost one year after its presentation to the European Council.

On discussions concerning the situation in Iraq, ministers will focus on recent events and the future of the country.

According to Reuters, diplomats said the council would consider sending a new security mission to help stabilise Iraq.

It stated Monday's discussion would consider deploying an "EU Security Sector Reform Advice and Assist Team that could train Iraq security officials".

Ministers will discuss migration in preparation for the European Council meeting due to be held on June 22 and 23 and will review the progress of the partnership framework one year after its launch.

They will also exchange views on the fight against terrorism and reach conclusions on the EU and NATO cooperation on the basis of a joint report by the High Representative and the Secretary General of NATO.

Other topics on the agenda include the ongoing diplomatic crisis in the Gulf region, and ministers will provide an update on latest developments and current mediation efforts.

The EU foreign affairs ministers along with the six ministers in the eastern partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), will prepare for the eastern partnership summit, due to be held in Brussels in November.

(Heledd Pritchard,, +352 49 93 459)

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