EU Foreign Ministers Support a Just Peace for Ukraine and an African Solution to Restore Democracy in Niger


During the informal ministerial meeting in Toledo, EU foreign ministers supported the search for a just peace in Ukraine and the plans drawn up by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to restore democracy in Niger.

The meeting, which took place in the Old Arms Factory in Toledo under the Spanish presidency of the Council of the EU, was chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, and was attended by the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba.

While on Wednesday the EU defence ministers – also meeting in Toledo – focused on the military and defence aspect in support of Ukraine, on Thursday the focus was diplomatic, “not only on the war, but on how to put an end to the war from the point of view of the peace plan presented by (Ukrainian) President Volodymir Zelenski”, said Borrell at a press conference together with the acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares.

Ministers discussed Zelenski’s peace plan “and how to support it in an ongoing manner and place it at the centre of the international discussion to build a just peace in Ukraine,” Borrell said.

“What we all want is for Ukraine to be a free and independent country as soon as possible, and sovereign within its internationally recognised borders,” said Albares, who held a breakfast meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart prior to the meeting.

Source : EU23