Posted by Joshua on Monday, November 27th, 2006
Al-Mu'allim to meet EU foreign ministers soon
Translation thanks to mideastwire.com
On November 23, Ibrahim Humaydi reported in the daily Al Hayat: "Informed sources told Al-Hayat yesterday that Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mu'allim will take part in the meeting of the EU and Mediterranean countries' foreign ministers that is scheduled to be held in the Finnish town of Tampere on 27 and 28 November. These meetings are usually attended by the EU's 25 foreign ministers and their counterparts in Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Israel, Tunisia, Turkey and the Palestinian National Authority. Finnish Foreign Minister Errki Tumioja will chair this meeting before the EU's presidency is handed over to Germany at the beginning of next year.
"Diplomatic sources said the meeting "will discuss major issues related to the Mediterranean partnership and there will be a review of the developments taking place in the Barcelona process's five-year plan". They added that the ministers would also discuss at a working lunch "the situation in the Middle East" after discussing the cultural dialogue, Europe's new policy that is based on dialogue, and the process of financing projects south of the Mediterranean Sea. The Syrian minister visited Helsinki in August at his Finnish counterpart's invitation and the EU was informed of Damascus's agreement to receive technical assistance for the Syrian forces deployed on the borders with Lebanon. European ministers began contacting the Syrian foreign minister following the war between Hezbollah and Lebanon after the EU tried to follow America's policy of isolating Syria since the beginning of last year." – Al Hayat, United Kingdom