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Informal videoconference of EU foreign ministers

16.05.2020

“We are in favour of an increased involvement of the EU in the Southern Neighbourhood countries during the COVID-19 pandemic to counteract the economic crisis and political unrest,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz at a videoconference of foreign ministers from EU member states.

minister Czaputowicz attends FAC meeting

The meeting focused on relations with North African and Middle East countries during the pandemic and the Middle East Peace Process. Minister Jacek Czaputowicz expressed his support for EU’s efforts to bring aid to the region. He pointed out that the EU, one of major donors in the neighbourhood, should raise its visibility in the region and counter growing disinformation more effectively. He also referred to the risk of growing tensions in the Middle East, emphasizing that the pandemic is also an opportunity to take steps towards de-escalation, which the EU should support.

Speaking of the Middle East Peace Process, Minister Jacek Czaputowicz agreed with the position taken by most speakers, that a unilateral annexation of the territory would constitute a breach of international law. He advocated upholding the joint position of the European Union and continuing the dialogue with parties to the conflict, the US and the Arab states.

The chief of Polish diplomacy also spoke of the organisation of the planned Eastern Partnership summit. Referring to his talks with six Eastern Partnership foreign ministers, held last week, the Polish MFA head said that the summit should be organised with the participation of all member states and that the EU should send a strong message of its support for the whole region.
 

MFA Press Office

 

photo: Sebastian Indra/ MFA