The resolution came after recognizing that achieving a political solution to this long-standing dispute and enhanced cooperation between the Member States of the Maghreb Arab Union
would contribute to stability and security in the Sahel region.
Lamenting the deadlock situation in the Maghreb Arab Union
(UMA), Garcia-Margallo said that among the EU's priorities is to promote regional integration between countries of this region.
The meeting was also an opportunity to consider the means to further boost bilateral cooperation in all areas and the efforts made in order to revive the Maghreb Arab Union
on new bases with the aim of achieving an economic and social integration between the five North African countries.
For his part, Fassi Fihri stressed the importance of preserving Libya's territorial integrity and national unity, a partnership country within the Maghreb Arab Union
In addition to the 27 members of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (contrary to the Ministerial session in Marseilles in November 2000, Syria and Lebanon will be present in Brussels), representatives from Libya, Mauritania, the Maghreb Arab Union
and the Arab League have been invited to attend as special guests of the Presidency.