EU FMs to discuss Egypt, Libya and Syria

imgRecent developments in Egypt, Libya and Syria are on the agenda of the formal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg on Monday.

According to EU sources, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton will brief the ministers about her recent trip to Cairo.

They will also review EU assistance to Egypt. Between 2007 and 2013, the EU has made available more than one billion euro to Egypt under its European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument.

Currently, the EU programmes being implemented in Egypt amount to about 892 million euro. However, disbursement levels have significantly decreased due to the instability in the country and non-compliance with agreed conditions, noted the sources.

The one-day meeting will debate the latest developments in the Syrian crisis, in particular the efforts for a political solution to the conflict, for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons and to address the humanitarian situation.

Foreign Ministers of the 28-member bloc will discuss the situation in Libya, in view of recent events following the abduction and subsequent release of the Libyan prime minister.

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