Minister Coveney to attend Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels
Press release21 February 2022
On 21 February, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney T.D. will attend a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, along with his European counterparts.
Foreign Ministers will discuss the security situation in Europe with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and will assess how to coordinate the EU response to the situation and how best to move towards a de-escalation of security tensions.
Ministers will also discuss a range of other current foreign policy issues, including the recent developments in Mali and Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as coordination of diplomatic efforts on climate issues. EU Foreign Ministers will also meet with the Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council to discuss regional cooperation.
Speaking ahead of the discussion on Ukraine, Minister Coveney said:
“This meeting comes at an important juncture. The developments we have seen in recent days are very concerning. We urgently need to see a move towards de-escalation, stabilisation and diplomacy by Russia, including a substantial withdrawal of military forces, respect for the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and the halting of information manipulation.
“As we have made clear at the UN Security Council, Ireland is a steadfast and consistent supporter of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.”
21 February 2022