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Minister Alfano will travel to Paris to attend the Plenary Session of the Middle East Peace Conference

On 15 January the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, will travel to Paris to participate in the Plenary Session of the Middle East Peace Conference, organized by the French Government and chaired by France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault.

The Conference is scheduled to start at 2:30 pm, when the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, will deliver his opening speech. The Conference will focus on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute and will try and relaunch international support to the two-State solution. Minister Alfano will meet the French Prime Minister Cazeneuve at the Hotel Matignon, in consideration of their prior personal and institutional relations. At 5:00 pm Minister Alfano will meet the journalists attending the Conference. And at 5:45 pm, at the end of the day’s agenda, Minister Ayrault will hold a press conference. (Media representatives interested in following the event are requested to apply for accreditation at:

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The following day Mr Alfano will travel to Brussels to attend, as is customary together with his other ministerial colleagues, the PPE meeting, which is scheduled to start at 8:00 am. After that, at 9:00 am, he will meet the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and will then attend the CAE, which will open at 9:30 am. The Council’s agenda will focus on the latest developments in Syria, the role of the European Union in supporting the cease fire, relief aid for the civilian population and the political transition prospects. The EU ministers will continue to discuss, during the CAE, the Peace Process in the Middle East the day after the Paris Conference and will adopt conclusions on the presidential election in Lebanon and the formation of a new Government.