Foreign ministers of the EU and the League of Arab States came together on 11 June to discuss important global issues such as the security situation in Iraq , the plight of Syrian refuges and peace in the Middle East.
Since their first ministerial in 2008 both sides have worked increasingly closely, in particular in reaction to the popular upheavals throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
At the meeting in Athens High Representative Ashton said: "We come together [...] to affirm our capacity to work together as international actors, but also to reinforce the commitment we have to our relationship as neighbours."
To tackle important political and security matters such as terrorism, organised crime and a nuclear free Middle East ministers agreed to establish a Strategic Dialogue.
They also discussed ways to strengthen their institutional and socio-economic cooperation . High Representative Ashton stressed that "this is an opportunity to strengthen and deepen our relationship […] and to lay the ground for greater cooperation in the future."
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