EU FMs to review strategy on Iraq, Syria

BRUSSELS, May 21 (KUNA) — EU foreign ministers will review the implementation of the Union’s regional strategy for Syria and Iraq, as well as the so-called Islamic State (IS) threat during their formal meeting in Brussels on Monday.
A senior EU official told reporters here that the strategy was adopted by the EU in March 2015. It outlines actions to be undertaken by the EU and its Member States to help restore peace and security in Syria and Iraq and provides guidance in dealing with the threat of IS.
The ministers are expected to adopt conclusions outlining priorities in working to achieve lasting peace, stability, security in Syria, Iraq and the wider region.
The conclusions will also outline ways in which the implementation of the strategy should adapt to respond to the change of circumstances since March 2015.
The official who spoke on the condition of anonymity stressed that “Da’esh poses a clear threat to the people of Syria, Iraq and other countries in the region, as well as Europe and beyond.
“It has sponsored terrorist attacks on European soil and against EU citizens overseas. The EU works actively to uproot the organisation inside Syria and Iraq by denying its access to funds, fighters and resources. The EU supports the efforts of the global coalition to counter Da’esh,” he added.
The EU ministers are also expected to extend the mandate of the EU naval mission against migrant smuggling in the Mediterranean, called Operation Sophia, by one year. (end) nk.hb

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