Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
EU News 18/2013
17 January 2013
Council of the European Union
PR CO 3
3217th Council meeting Foreign Affairs
President Catherine Ashton
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
The Council met in an extraordinary session to discuss latest events in Mali. It condemned the acts being carried out by terrorist groups against the Malian Armed Forces. In line with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, the Council supported the efforts by the region and the international community and welcomed the swift response by France, supported by other EU member states. The Council also reiterated the EU's commitment to providing swift financial assistance to the African-led international support mission in Mali (AFISMA).
Besides, the Council established the EU training mission in Mali, which is to train and advise the Malian army, in response to the direct request by the Malian authorities to the EU.