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EU Relations with Africa and Central Asia at the EU Foreign Affairs Council

EU Relations with Africa and Central Asia at the EU Foreign Affairs Council

The meeting begins by informing the EU High Representative, Josep Borrell, of the current issues in the usual manner. It is expected to shed light on the situation in Belarus, Ethiopia, Ukraine and Turkey’s movements around the city of Varosha.

Relations between the European Union and Africa

Ministers will then discuss the EU’s relations with Africa, focusing on relations with the African Union, ahead of the summit scheduled for February 2022.

The government wants to see a deep and equal partnership with the African Union and believes that the EU should strengthen relations to protect the role of the main partner of the continent. The government attaches great importance to support for vaccines against Covid-19 and cooperation in the field of environment and climate. The same applies to cooperation with the African Union on peace and security and the EU’s commitment to human rights, democracy, gender equality and the fight against poverty.

Middle Asia

Ministers will also discuss EU cooperation with Central Asian countries on developments in Afghanistan.

The government is positive about discussing cooperation, as the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan affects security and stability throughout the region. The government will inform the debate on the situation in Afghanistan and its consequences for Central Asia, which took place during the Ministerial Meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Stockholm on 2-3 December.

The situation in Venezuela

The ministers will discuss the recent regional and local elections in Venezuela and are expected to address the situation with the stalled negotiations between the opposition and the regime.

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The government believes that the EU should work for democracy and respect for human rights and that negotiations should resume with a view to holding free and fair elections. The Government believes that the European Union must continue to participate in the political and humanitarian crisis in which the country finds itself.