EU Foreign Affairs Council Terzi in Brussels: focus on Syria, Mali, Egypt and Somalia
ROME, Italy, January 31, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The crises in Syria and Mali, along with the situations in Somalia and Egypt, will be the main topics of discussion today at the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, where Minister Terzi is representing Italy.
The priority remains that of boosting coordination on the timeframes and modalities called for by the crisis, the envisioned European military training mission to which Italy intends to contribute, as well as ways to finance an international African-led support mission (AFISMA) and the possible resumption of development cooperation projects.
A major protagonist, new President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, will be a guest at the European Council meeting, offering an important opportunity to reassert the Union's high profile in Somalia and, more in general, in the Horn of Africa, which Italy has long considered an area whose stability could constitute a security threat.
As Minister Terzi has repeatedly pointed out, in Egypt the “the strengthening of institutions and the democratic process must be irreversible”, while it remains essential that Europe help steer all Egyptian political players toward dialogue and moderation.
Also expected is an exchange of views on EU/US relations, seen as pivotal to Europe's efforts as a global actor.