At Gymnich, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis will seek a consensus on the EU's approach to irregular migration
On 2-3 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis will attend an informal meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers (Gymnich) in Ljubljana. The event is organised by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, as Slovenia holds the Presidency from 1 July to 31 December 2021.
Besides the issues of Afghanistan and China, foreign affairs ministers will discuss the EU’s approach to the ongoing Belarusian hybrid attack, which 'weaponized' illegal migrants against Lithuania and the entire EU. “In order to exert pressure on the EU, Lukashenko's regime continues behaving aggressively and sending irregular migrants across the EU’s eastern border. This is accompanied by a disinformation campaign. There are also no signs of de-escalation. Thus, the situation demands an EU response,” said Lithuania's Foreign Minister.
According to the Foreign Minister, migrants from the countries of the Middle East or Africa find themselves in particularly vulnerable situations due to the actions of the organisers of this scheme. They are being lied to about the true purpose of their journey. Their documents are taken away from them. Finally, they are pushed rudely from Belarusian territory and left in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by swamps and forests.
At the meeting, foreign ministers will also discuss the security and political situation in Afghanistan, the EU's possibly increased engagement and joint action with partners in the region to manage emerging risks to the security and stability of the region. The informal meeting will also address EU-China relations, and cooperation between the EU and the Gulf states. In addition, foreign affairs ministers will meet with the Indian External Affairs Minister, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. Ministers will also discuss cooperation priorities and the situation in the Indo-Pacific region.