On August 30-31, Foreign Minister and Defense Minister Simon Coveney TD will attend an informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers, organized in Prague by the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
During the meeting, the ministers will take stock of the current state of EU-Africa relations, six months after the African Union-European Union Summit in Brussels.
Speaking before the discussion on Russian aggression against Ukraine, Minister Coveney said: “The EU remains committed to supporting Ukraine in the face of Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable military aggression.
Our discussion will be another opportunity to review the support we have already provided and consider how we can further counter the challenges created by Russia’s reprehensible actions.
Given the broader geopolitical impact of the war, it is important that we now also consider the broader implications of the deteriorating EU-Russia relationship and discuss how the EU should approach Russia in the future.”
The Minister commented on EU-AU relations: “The EU’s association with the AU is essential for the future peace and prosperity of our two continents, and the Summit earlier this year was an important milestone.
Since then, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has had serious consequences for the security and prosperity of both Europe and Africa.
The EU, including Ireland, is committed to ensuring that our partnership is further strengthened in the face of those challenges and our discussion is an excellent opportunity to consider how we can achieve this.”