The Council discussed relations with Iran and possible areas of re-engagement following the adoption of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the lifting of all nuclear-related EU sanctions. The High Representative briefed ministers on her planned trip to Tehran on 16 April, where she, accompanied by a delegation of Commissioners, will explore different areas of cooperation with Iran. These include trade and investment, energy, transport, environment, migration, human rights, the fight against drugs, as well as education, research and science.
The Council concluded consultations with Burundi under article 96 of the EU-ACP partnership agreement (Cotonou agreement). It noted that commitments proposed by the Burundian government are insufficient to address EU concerns. The EU is suspending direct financial support to the Burundian government, while fully maintaining both its financial support to the population and humanitarian assistance.