Minister Flanagan in Brussels to discuss Tunisia, Iran and Middle East Peace Process20 July 2015
The situation in Tunisia, the successful outcome of the nuclear negotiations with Iran, and the Middle East Peace Process are among the issues the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, will discuss with his EU counterparts in Brussels today (Monday).
Speaking in advance of the meeting Minister Flanagan said:
“This is the first meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council since the horrific terrorist atrocity in Sousse, Tunisia, where three Irish citizens were brutally murdered, as were citizens of a number of other EU Members States, in particular the UK.
“Counter-terrorism is a critical priority of the Foreign Affairs Council. Today we will have the opportunity to have a discussion with the Tunisian Prime Minister, Essid and Foreign Minister Baccouche. Today, EU Foreign Ministers will agree a comprehensive range of measures to support Tunisian security, stability and growth.”
Commenting on the outcome of nuclear negotiations on Iran, Minister Flanagan said:
“I look forward to hearing from EU High Representative Federica Mogherini on the successful outcome of the nuclear negotiations with Iran which she chaired. This is a very significant achievement. The agreement reached in Vienna offers firm assurances and guarantees about the nature of Iran’s nuclear programme, and removes a serious source of tension and instability in a region badly in need of some good news”
The Council meeting will also discuss the Middle East Peace Process and adopt a new EU Action Plan to support Human Rights internationally.
Minister Flanagan added:
“Today we will have a very important discussion on the Middle East Peace Process. I believe that the EU needs to increase its collective engagement with the Middle East Peace Process, and enhance the role it can play in promoting a lasting settlement.
“I welcome the strong references in the Action Plan on Human Rights on working to address the increasing levels of violence, discrimination, and harassment faced by religious minorities in many countries today, along with support for the work of civil society, and of human rights defenders.
“The strategy is an important tool for increasing EU effectiveness in promoting and protecting human rights internationally.”
20 July 2015