On 14 October 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, will participate in the meeting of the European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, where ministers are expected to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, in particular following the presidential election end of September.
Ministers are also expected to exchange views on the state of affairs in Syria and the formation of a constitutional committee, as well as possible further EU action. The Council is then planning to have a discussion on Turkey’s drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean and possible further steps by the EU.
As part of the Council meeting, foreign ministers will also meet with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Vadym Prystaiko, for a discussion on developments in the country.
On 15 October, Edgars Rinkēvičs will take part in the meetings of the EU General Affairs Council and the General Affairs Council in the Article 50 format (Brexit).
The Member States will consider draft conclusions for the European Council on 17 and 18 October. They also intend to follow up on the discussion launched at the General Affairs Council of 18 June about EU enlargement and the stabilisation and association process as regards Albania and North Macedonia.
Member State representatives will then take stock of progress in negotiations with the United Kingdom on its withdrawal from the EU.
The meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council are held on a monthly basis, and they are chaired by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Policy and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.
The meetings of the General Affairs Council are held on a monthly basis, and in the second half of 2019 they are chaired by the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU.