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Thursday 17 August 2017

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, is meeting EU Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg today to discuss the EU's response to Ebola, the Middle East and Ukraine.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, is meeting EU Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg today to discuss the EU's response to Ebola, the Middle East and Ukraine.

Speaking ahead of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, Minister Flanagan said that it was vital to have a coordinated response to everything from screening at airports and ports to treatment of the deadly disease in the worst affected areas.

"I will be meeting fellow EU Foreign Ministers to discuss further EU action and closer cooperation to tackle the deadly ebola virus and address the devastating impact it is having on communities, particularly in West Africa," Minister Flanagan said.

"Ireland is one of the few Member States with an embassy in Sierra Leone and I will be inputting the views of our Ambassador regarding the situation on the ground in Sierra Leone and the experience of Minister of State Sherlock, who recently visited the region.

"Ireland will continue to work closely with our EU partners as well as through the UN system to ensure a more coordinated and robust response at international level."

Through Irish Aid, the Government has provided over €16m in support to Sierra Leone and Liberia to strengthen health systems and fight ebola.

Ministers will also discuss the situation in Syria and Iraq.

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