Minister Flanagan to brief Foreign Affairs Committee on Council of Ministers meeting outcomes

November 24th, 2015 - Pat Breen

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, will appear before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade for an update on recent and upcoming Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meetings.

The Minister will update the Committee on EU discussions on a wide range of international issues which have included Syria, migration, refugees and development, the Middle East Peace Process, and developments in Libya, Burundi, the Horn of Africa and the Central African Republic.

The recent terror attacks in Paris and the ongoing security issues across Europe as a result of the attacks will also be discussed.

Looking ahead, the Minister will brief the Committee on upcoming Foreign Affairs Council meetings.

Committee Chair, Pat Breen TD, says, “The EU Foreign Affairs Council has discussed important current issues in recent weeks, including migration, refugees, development, Syria, the Middle East Peace Process and EU cooperation with Turkey.”

“The Council also discussed the brutal terrorist attacks in Paris. The impact these attacks have had, and indeed, are continuing to have right across the globe is something that our Committee will want to discuss with Minister Flanagan tomorrow.”

“Committee members will be keen to hear from Minister Flanagan on the outcomes of these meetings, and on what he identifies as future priorities as we work together with our EU colleagues to tackle foreign policy challenges.”

“In particular, the Committee looks forward to hearing from Minister Flanagan on the issue of migration, which our Committee has identified it as a major humanitarian, political, social and economic concern and one that must be addressed with a coordinated response.”

The meeting will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 25th November in Committee Room 4 at 2.30pm.

Committee proceedings can be viewed live here: http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/watchlisten/watchlive/committeeroom4/#d.en.14803