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EU-GCC Ministerial Council: Aurescu presents Romania’s initiative of establishing an International Antiterrorist Court

Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu highlighted the importance of continuing and coordinating the global efforts against extremism and terrorism, and the need of international cooperation to fight the financing of terrorism and to stimulate the exchange of information in this field, at the 24th meeting of the European Union – Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Ministerial Council on Sunday in Doha, Qatar.

According to a release of the Spokesperson and Communication Directorate of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the top Romanian diplomat intervened in the meeting on the global antiterrorist fight and on the situation in Iraq and Syria.

In this context, Aurescu presented Romania’s initiative of establishing an International Antiterrorist Court. He also expressed condolences on behalf of the Romanian Government to his Saudi counterpart, for the victims of the terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia two days ago.

As regards the situation in Iraq, Aurescu stressed the need of supporting an inclusive political process and the consolidation of the state, and of the national reconciliation based on the Constitution of Iraq. About Syria, he pointed out that only a negotiated political solution could be durable for the Syrian people; he voiced his support for the initiatives of the UN special envoy to this effect.

The head of the Romanian diplomacy also had several bilateral meetings with his counterparts in the region.

According to the aforementioned document, the council was co-chaired by High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and by Qatari Foreign Minister Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, the current president of the GCC.

The foreign ministers discussed actual topics of the joint EU-GCC agenda, focusing on the evaluation of the latest relevant evolutions in the extended Middle East area (Yemen, Iraq, Syria, etc.). It was also the occasion of exchanging opinions on several global problems like the fight against terrorism and the human rights.


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