On 16 January, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will take part in the meeting of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, where the Ministers will discuss current international issues with a special focus on the situation in Syria and the prospects for the Middle East Peace Process.
The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, will present the outlook for the Foreign Affairs Council’s work in the first part of 2017.
In a discussion on Syria, the Ministers will exchange views on further action to resolve the conflict in light of the upcoming peace talks between the Syrian government and members of the opposition in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 23 January, and the resumption of negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations on 8 February.
In the context of the Middle East Peace Process, the Ministers will follow up on the outcomes of the international conference in Paris on 15 January and ways forward for the EU as it seeks to promote progress in the Middle East Peace Process.
The meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council are held on a monthly basis and are chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.