FM Corlatean attends EU-Africa ministers’ meeting


Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean attended the EU-Africa Ministerial Meeting in Brussels on Tuesday organised ahead of the EU-Africa Summit due in Brussels on April 2-3, with the ministers debating the topic ‘Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace’, the foreign ministry said in a release quoted by Agerpres. Corlatean said at the gathering that Romania concretely supports the European Union’s efforts to strengthen the institutional capabilities in a large number of African states by means of the civil missions and the military operations sponsored by the European Common Security and Defence Policy. He said Romania will keep on getting involved in concrete projects that should contribute to the stability and prosperity of the African countries, starting from the fact that the Romanian expertise is appreciated and used both on a civil and military level, given Romania’s participation in the above-mentioned EU missions. The attending ministers in principle agreed the texts of the documents to be adopted at the Summit: the Political Declaration and the Action Plan for the EU-Africa Cooperation over 2014-2017.
As part of the meeting, Corlatean held bilateral talks with Mauritania Foreign Minister Ahmed Ould Teguedi, who is the chairman-in-office of the African Union and Senegal’s Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye, who is the chairman of the Ministerial Conference of the International Organisation of the Francophony. The two African officials confirmed an invitation to visit Romania made by Corlatean and they will pay official visits to Bucharest in the period immediately ahead.

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