Strengthening dialogue Arab and Muslim world: First formal EU FAC meeting of 2015

The first formal meeting of EU foreign ministers of 2015 was dominated by discussions on how to fight terrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks and recent Boko Haram atrocities in Nigeria as well as a discussion on the EU’s future relations with Russia. The 28 EU Foreign Ministers condemn Boko Haram.

During the Foreign Affairs Council the High Representative released a declaration on behalf of the EU on the Boko Haram Insurgency which has claimed hundreds of lives.

Europe and the Arab world are also faced with common challenges. Strengthened dialogue will help us to address this range of issues.” said EU:s High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini meeting today with the Secretary General of the League of Arab States (LAS), Dr. Nabil El Araby, in Brussels.

– In particular, we need to ensure close cooperation in the fight against terrorism. It is a threat against our citizens and societies. Europe was attacked last week, but the Arab and Muslim world that suffer more from the consequences of terrorism. Together with the Arab world, we are fully aware that this is not only a military and a security fight but also a political and a cultural one.” said EU:s HR and Vice President Federica Mogherini.

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