Foreign Affairs Council: Main results
EU News 177/2016
Council of the European Union
EU Regional strategy for Syria and Iraq as well as the Da'esh threat
The Council adopted conclusions on the EU regional strategy for Syria and Iraq as well as the Da'esh threat, outlining its priorities in working to achieve lasting peace, stability, security in Syria, Iraq and the wider region.
The EU will also increase its counter-terrorism action, strengthening its cooperation with third countries, its work on counter-radicalisation and efforts to stop terrorist financing.
Ministers had a discussion on the external aspects of migration. They took stock of the implementation of the Valletta action plan. They notably reviewed the state of play of high-level dialogues with partner countries and the ongoing work with countries in Sahel and in the Horn of Africa. They also touched upon the implementation of the EU-Turkey statement from March 2016, and stressed their commitment in tackling the migration challenge in a collective way.
EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia
The Council also adopted conclusions on EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia, the EU naval operation to disrupt the business model of human smuggling and trafficking networks in the Southern Central Mediterranean. The Council agreed to extend the mandate of the operation by one year and add two supporting tasks: training of the Libyan coastguards and navy and contributing to the implementation of the United Nations arms embargo on the high seas off the coast of Libya.
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