EU High Representative Mogherini’s visit to the Sahel region this week reaffirms the EU’s key partnership with G5 Sahel to tackle the security challenges that the Sahel countries are facing. With three European civilian and military crisis management missions on the ground and an ongoing regionalisation process, the EU is a key security partner for the G5 Sahel and its member countries – fostering stability in the region, providing security at home.
The Foreign Affairs Council will start with a discussion on current affairs, allowing ministers to review pressing issues on the international agenda. This may include the situation in Sudan, Ethiopia and Venezuela. Ministers may also touch on Turkey's current illegal drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean. The High Representative may also debrief ministers on the EU-Ukraine summit on 8 July and the EU-G5 Sahel ministerial meeting.