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Foreign affairs Council agenda

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini answers the journalists at the EU headquarters in Brussels on February 6, 2017 before a Foreign Affairs ministers meeting focusing on Libya and efforts to curb migrant flows across Mediterranean. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS

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The Foreign affairs Council will start with a joint session of defence and foreign affairs ministers on security and defence. The Council is expected to adopt conclusions assessing progress achieved since the European Council of 15 December 2016.

The conclusions will form the basis of a report for the European Council on 9-10 March 2017. Ahead of the meeting, the High Representative Federica Mogherini will hold a working breakfast with defence ministers to allow a strategic outlook of EU engagement in Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

The Council will have a discussion on migration. Ministers will take stock of the Malta Summit and the Valletta Senior Officials Meeting of February 2017, ahead of the upcoming reporting on the Migration Partnership Framework at the March European Council.

EU ministers will discuss political developments and economic reforms in Egypt, as well as the country’s role in the region, with Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry.

The situation in the Western Balkans will be reviewed by the Council. The High Representative will debrief ministers on her visit in the region planned for 1-4 March. This discussion will feed into the preparations of the European Council on 9-10 March 2017.

The Council will examine the Middle East peace process to take stock of recent developments and contacts, including with the new US administration.

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