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Foreign Affairs Council (18 July 2016)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written statement – made on 14th July 2016.

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Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons

The Minister for Europe (Mr David Lidington): The Foreign Affairs Council will be chaired by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. The meeting will be held in Brussels.

Foreign Affairs Council

The agenda for the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) is expected to include Latin America, China, and external migration. Ms Mogherini is expected to raise in her introductory remarks a number of topics, including: climate diplomacy; Security Sector Reform and Capacity Building for Security and Development; the Quartet Report on the Middle East Peace Process; Afghanistan Ministerial Conference; and an EU External Action Service Iraq options paper. Ministers will have an informal discussion on the EU Global Strategy over lunch.

Latin America

On Cuba, discussions will focus on a new EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement. Ministers will also discuss preparations for the EU-Community of Latin America and Caribbean states (CELAC) Ministerial Summit, which will take place in the Dominican Republic in October. Council conclusions are expected on Venezuela.

China

The High Representative will update Ministers on the outcomes of the recent EU-China Summit, which she attended in Beijing on 13 July with Presidents Tusk and Junker. This was the first such meeting following the publication of the new EU-China Strategy in June 2016.

Migration

Ministers will discuss the June European Council conclusions on the Commission Communication on establishing a new Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration. We remain committed to helping tackle irregular migration flows to Europe and support the broad thrust of the proposed partnerships – improving coordination between the activities of EU institutions and Member States in targeted source and transit countries and making better use of all available tools. We also expect an exchange of views on priorities for the UNGA High Level Event on Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees which provides an opportunity for the international community to build a sustainable global response to large population movements and the issue of irregular migration.