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Foreign minister heading for Brussels

Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides it appears will stop at nothing in his dogged quest for popularity

Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides, will travel to Brussels later Sunday to attend the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils of the European Union to be held there on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

The Foreign Affairs Council is expected to focus on the situations in the Western Balkans, Venezuela and Iran. The foreign ministers of the 28-member states will exchange views on EU cooperation with the African Union, and will also discuss the latest developments in Ukraine, in view of the informal working lunch they will be having later on Monday with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister.

Within the framework of the general affairs council, ministers will review the progress of negotiations on the multiannual financial framework for the period 2021-27 and prepare the draft conclusions that will be put before heads of states at the upcoming European Council, on 13-14 December, dealing with the European Union’s policy on migration, the single market and the next multiannual financial framework.

On the sidelines, Christodoulides is due to attend a working breakfast organised on Monday by his Austrian counterpart, Karin Kneissl, with the president of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, whilst later on in the day he will hold a bilateral meeting with his Romanian counterpart, Teodor Meleşcanu, whose country will be taking over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 January 2019. On Tuesday morning, Christodoulides will take part in a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers belonging to the European People’s Party (EPP).

From Brussels, he will travel to Strasbourg to accompany President Nicos Anastasiades who is due to address the European Parliament’s plenary session on Wednesday on the ‘Future of Europe’.

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