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European Union and League of Arab States representatives met on 24-25 November 2015 in Brussels

The European Union and the League of Arab States representatives met on 24-25 November 2015 in Brussels.

On this occasion, the EU and LAS officially launched the Strategic Dialogue between both organisations, and the fourth meeting of the EU Political and Security Committee (PSC) and the League of Arab States Permanent Representatives took place.

The Ambassadors held constructive discussions on common challenges, with a particular focus on the terrorist threat and extremism, as well as on the Middle East Peace Process, Syria, Libya, Yemen and the refugees' and migration crisis. Sharing concerns about the political and security situation, they welcomed the expansion of the Euro-Arab partnership as an adequate regional response. In this regard, they also stressed on the importance of the role played by the Arab Ambassadors in Brussels in enhancing the partnership.

Within the framework of the launch of the EU-LAS Strategic Dialogue, progress has been made on the Euro-Arab practical cooperation, particularly in the fields of conflict prevention, early warning and crisis management, humanitarian assistance, counter-terrorism, transnational organised crime and weapons of mass destruction. The establishment of a working group for each of these areas will facilitate joint work to better respond to current and future security threats.

Conscious of the opportunities and the challenges lying ahead of the Euro-Arab relations, the PSC and the Arab Permanent Representatives expressed their determination to together address common political, economic and security issues with a view of sharing a better and safer future for all.

These fruitful discussions contributed to pave the way to the next EU-LAS Ministerial meeting that was announced to take place on April 2016 at LAS Headquarters.