Mogherini and Commissioner Hahn on the adoption of the Reform Agenda in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The adoption of the Reform Agenda by Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities is a crucial step forward for the country’s EU integration path. Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities, in consultation with the European Union and International Financial Institutions, agreed a concrete set of reforms, identified as an urgent priority for the country. These reforms aim at addressing the legitimate socio-economic concerns expressed by the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and their demands for jobs and a better perspective. We expect that the country’s authorities will now fully implement the Reform Agenda without delay. In this regard, the adoption of the Labour legislation will be an important first step. Progress in the implementation of the Reform Agenda will also be necessary for the country’s membership application to be considered as credible by the EU. The European Union is ready to further support Bosnia and Herzegovina, including with policy advice and financial support, in the efforts to implement the Reform Agenda and advance the country further on its European...

My press conference in Iran with FM Zarif

Thank you very much, Mr Minister. Let me start by thanking you for the invitation to visit Tehran so early after the deal was reached exactly two weeks ago in Vienna, thanks to the hard work, the dedication, and the commitment of all delegations involved, all teams involved. Let me thank you for your personal commitment in this process, the personal commitment of Dr Ali Akbar Salehi, of all your negotiating team and for the support, the personal and political support that clearly was there from the President and the Supreme Leader – this is something that made the deal possible. I think that this deal has shown very clearly that diplomacy and multilateralism do bring results, if all the parties are committed, with strong political will, with patience and with determination. I think this was good news for the entire region, for the world. Indeed now it is time to show that not only reaching the deal, but starting to work on the implementation of the deal is going to be historical. This is the first reason of my visit, two weeks after, to start the concrete work on the implementation of the deal, on all sides: on the European side we have done some steps, on the international community side, on the Iranian side. We want this deal to be historical not only in the signing of it, but also in the implementation of it. It is an agreement that is a nuclear-related agreement, but its potential is much wider, much broader than this. It is a deal that has the potential to open a new chapter...
In Iran, working for a new beginning

In Iran, working for a new beginning

The deal we reached with Iran can truly open a new chapter – for Iran, the region and the world. The agreement puts me in charge of following the implementation of the deal, and for this reason I arrived in Tehran today. But my trip is also an opportunity to move to the next stage, and start working for a new beginning in our relations. This is what I said to all my interlocutors, president Hassan Rouhani, foreign minister Javad Zarif and the speaker of the parliament Ali Larijani.  I thanked them for the support coming from the Iranian leadership all through the talks’ last phase. In my press conference with minister Zarif I focused on four different areas where the deal can open this “new chapter”. It is an investment on the Iranian youth, that accounts for almost two thirds of the country’s population. It creates an opportunity for renewed relations between Iran and the international community, relations finally based on trust. It opens new spaces of cooperation between Iran and the EU, including on business, when the sanctions will be fully lifted following the implementation of the deal. Finally, the most difficult and perhaps most relevant area: we can support a new dynamic for Middle East affairs, one based on cooperation and not confrontation. This is something I also highlighted in a comment on today’s issue of The Guardian. The whole Middle East is in turmoil. Sectarianism is on the rise. We need to restart political processes to end wars. We need to get all regional powers back to the negotiating table and stop the carnage. Cooperation between Iran, its neighbours and...
From the Middle East peace process to Syria: cooperating with the Saudis

From the Middle East peace process to Syria: cooperating with the Saudis

It was a long and productive meeting the one I had earlier today with Adel bin Ahmed al Jubeir, the Saudi Arabian Minister for Foreign Affairs. Europe and Saudi Arabia share so many interests at the moment: our cooperation is crucial. I have particularly appreciated our common visions on the Middle East peace process: the European Union believes Saudi Arabia has a key role to play, in particular in reviving the Arab Peace Initiative. We also share a common approach on the need to put an end to the too long-lasting war in Syria, with enormous dramatic humanitarian consequences and also security consequences for the entire region. We have to finally find a way towards a Syrian-led transition: this is central to an effective fight against Da’esh, and I think it is the top priority on both of our agendas. We discussed the reform process in Iraq, and the difficult process to install a national accord government in Libya. But of course we also focused on the deal we reached in Vienna with Iran. It is very important for me, personally, to pass the message that the agreement is strong and solid. It is first of all a nuclear non-proliferation agreement that will guarantee that Iran will not have a nuclear weapon for the next ten to fifteen years. The agreement has to be fully implemented, and I am travelling to Iran tomorrow exactly to start working on the implementation. But the deal could also shape different relations in the whole Middle East, based on cooperation instead of confrontation. And we, as Europeans, will invest all our political capital to try and facilitate the change of paradigm to pass from...

Federica Mogherini speaks to Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, had this afternoon a phone call with the Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. The High Representative offered EU condolences to the Turkish government and the families of the victims in Suruç and of other recent attacks against police and military officers. She reaffirmed the support for Turkey’s efforts to step up on ISIL and to the fight against any form of terrorism. At the same time, Federica Mogherini underlined the fundamental importance of keeping the settlement process with Kurdish people alive and on track. Terrorist groups must not spoil the process and the ceasefire must be preserved. Any action taken should avoid the risk of endangering the ceasefire and the Kurdish peace process that remains the best opportunity in a generation to solve a conflict that has claimed far too many lives. The Turkish government has shown in recent years courage, firm intention and wisdom in bringing forward a political process that is the only means of reaching a stable solution to the conflict, for the sake of all the Turkish people. The EU will keep supporting the government on this...