PAOLO GENTILONI IN LATVIA FOR EU FOREIGN MINISTERS MEETING

(VELINO) Roma, 6 Mar - Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloniwill be in the Latvian capital, Riga, on Friday and Saturdayfor Gymnich, the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers. Themeeting will be chaired by the High Representative for theCommon Foreign and Security Policy of the European UnionFederica Mogherini. Although there is traditionally no fixedagenda, the get-together will focus on the situation in Libyaand Ukraine, relations between the EU and Russia, and thefuture of the Eastern partnership. Over Libya, MinisterGentiloni will stress that the international community needs totake determined, cohesive and substantial

(VELINO) Roma, 6 Mar - Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloniwill be in the Latvian capital, Riga, on Friday and Saturdayfor Gymnich, the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers. Themeeting will be chaired by the High Representative for theCommon Foreign and Security Policy of the European UnionFederica Mogherini. Although there is traditionally no fixedagenda, the get-together will focus on the situation in Libyaand Ukraine, relations between the EU and Russia, and thefuture of the Eastern partnership. Over Libya, MinisterGentiloni will stress that the international community needs totake determined, cohesive and substantial action to deal with acrisis of this magnitude. In this context, Italy is ready toplay its part in support of the new institutions and the Libyanpeople and is ready to reactivate cooperation and assistance inareas such as the fight against terrorism and combatingextremism, capacity-building in the field of security, thefight against people trafficking and migration issues, and thedevelopment of civil society. The goal is to encourage theformation as quickly as possible of a government of nationalunity that can stabilise the country, begin reconstruction andcounter the growing infiltration of ISIS affiliated terrorgroups. The Gymnich will also provide space for reflection onthe Strategic Review, which will contribute to the formulationof a new strategy for European foreign and security policy.Finally, another two-day session will be devoted to theEuropean Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), involving individualmeetings with the foreign ministers of EU candidate membercountries to discuss the progress achieved and what still needsto be done. vel.