Edgars Rinkēvičs: it is important to continue EU cooperation with Moldova in support of non-governmental organisations and civil society

16.07.2019. 10:30

On 15 July 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs participated in the European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, which discussed Iran in the latest context of US-Iran and regional tensions, as well as the fulfilment of Iran's commitments in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

On 10 July 2019, an emergency meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was convened at the request of the United States, in which two recent IAEA reports on the fulfilment of the obligations of Iran's above-mentioned plan were made public. They confirmed that Iran had exceeded the limits on the amount of uranium enrichment laid down in the plans and the decisions of its Joint Commission, as well as the level of 3.67% uranium enrichment, which coincides with Iran's stated intention to raise the level of uranium enrichment.

During the meeting, foreign ministers also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova, Nikolae Popescu, to discuss developments in the country following the parliamentary elections of 24 February 2019 and to promote the support of the European Union. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs pointed out that it is important to continue the European Union's cooperation with Moldova, particularly by supporting non-governmental organisations and civil society. At the same time, Moldova should continue to implement the undertaken reforms.

The European Union foreign ministers also exchanged views on the political situation in Iraq, developments in the Central African Republic and discussed external aspects of migration. 


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