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Minister Dr Cerar attends EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting

Foreign Minister Dr Miro Cerar attended the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting in Brussels on Afghanistan, on the regional security situation in the Gulf and Iran, and on Sudan. During a working lunch, foreign ministers from EU member states were joined by Prime Minister of Sudan Dr Abdalla Hamdok.

Foreign Minister Dr Miroslav Cerar at the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels

During the discussion on Afghanistan, the minister exchanged views on the situation in the country after the presidential election, the effect of the failure of US–Taliban peace talks, the peace process and possibilities of stronger EU engagement in the country. The FAC stressed that a credible and inclusive dialogue needs to be launched in order to bring about reconciliation and a lasting solution to the conflict by taking into account the progress and achievements to date, particularly in introducing democracy and enforcing human rights.

The FAC also discussed the security situation in the Gulf and Iran’s activities related to the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA). The ministers expressed concern over Iran’s withdrawal from JCPOA commitments, warning that Iran’s boosting uranium enrichment was contrary to the Iran nuclear deal. The FAC calls on Iran to reconsider its decisions and to fully cooperate with the IAEA. Slovenia expressed concern over the security situation in the region, stressing that it is vital to enter into a regional dialogue with a view to stabilising the situation. The EU should continue to support a diplomatic solution. With continued support for the Iran nuclear deal, Iran must resume its full implementation.

During the discussion on Sudan and at the working lunch with Sudanese Prime Minister Hamdok, the ministers welcomed the agreement reached between representatives of the Transitional Military Council and the opposition Forces of Freedom and Change alliance, the signing of the constitutional declaration and the formation of a civilian government, stressing that the main goal must remain the organisation and implementation of democratic elections in 2022. The ministers reaffirmed the EU’s continued cooperation with other regional and international actors in ensuring support for Sudan in meeting its economic, social and other challenges, stressing the need for accelerating progress in ensuring respect for human rights in Sudan and achieving peace, or reaching a peace agreement with the armed rebel groups.

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