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FM to leave for EU Foreign Affairs Council on Turkish relations

EU Turkish relations will be discussed by the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on Monday, for which Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulou will depart later on Sunday.

The Council will look at Turkey in the light of the latest developments and on the basis of the relevant report of the European Commission and the EU High Representative on the state of play and the future of relations between the EU and Turkey.

The Council is also expected to consider the prospects for deepening the EU’s relations with the Southern Neighborhood countries and strengthening cooperation within this context.

The participating ministers will be briefed by the High Representative and will exchange views, among other topics, on EU-Russia relations, the situation in Georgia and Venezuela, as well as on developments in Myanmar and the Western Balkans.

The foreign ministers will take part in a teleconference with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet during which they will review the outcomes of the recent Human Rights Council session and discuss ways in which cooperation and dialogue could be strengthened further.

On the sidelines, Christodoulides will hold a meeting with the foreign minister of Malta Evarist Bartolo and will sign a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation between the two ministries on issues pertaining to co-location of their diplomatic missions in third countries.

Meanwhile, the European Council Summit to be held from March 25 to 26 will be held online following a decision by president Charles Michel, which he said was taken in light of the rising case numbers across the bloc.

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