Remarks by Federica Mogherini following the meeting with Foreign Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides

First of all it is a real pleasure to be here in Cyprus. I have started in my role nine months ago. It was very important for me to start the first year of my mandate by paying visits to all the 28 capitals – to shape a common, strong, consistent foreign policy of the European Union also this way, not only sitting around a table of the Council in Brussels with the Ministers, which is something we do every month in a very fruitful way. And I thank you for the always strong, wise and truly European approach that Cyprus brings to the table, also involving the countries, the communities, the people of the European Union on the shaping of our common foreign and security policy. And this is the reason of my visit here: to meet, to discuss the priorities of the whole country of Cyprus when it comes to the EU common foreign and security policy. And here obviously the number one priority is this region, this part of the world that has the most conflicts right now and that is also the most relevant for the European Union External Action. Thank you for the nice words on the good news we had last week on the Iranian nuclear agreement. I have to tell you – also publicly – that this was obviously first of all a matter of security for Cyprus as well, because not having a nuclear weapon in Iran is a matter of security for the whole region, which means also for Cyprus and for the European Union. But it is also a...

Statement by Federica Mogherini on behalf of the EU following the presidential election in Burundi

Despite the efforts of the international community, and in particular the recent initiative of President Museveni with a view to facilitating an inter-Burundian dialogue, it seems clear that insufficient progress has been made in implementing the decisions adopted by the African Union on 13 June and by the East African Community on 6 July. Only by implementing those decisions in full would it have been possible to hold credible and inclusive elections in Burundi yielding representative results. In going ahead with the elections, the government has decided otherwise. In the absence of a meaningful national dialogue which could lead to a political consensus, Burundi will be unable to return to the path of stability, democracy and development which started with the adoption of the Arusha Agreement. The EU will therefore launch the preparatory work for specific consultations as provided for in Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement in order to ensure that the Burundian government makes the commitments necessary to remedy the crisis. Respect for human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law is an essential element of the cooperative relationship between the EU and Burundi, which is governed by the Cotonou Agreement. The EU urges the government and the opposition parties to resume the dialogue in order to achieve a consensual outcome which will lead to the re-establishment of an inclusive and democratic political system. The EU fully supports the efforts being made to that end by the East African Community, the African Union and the United Nations. The European Union is deeply concerned about the humanitarian, socioeconomic and security-related impact of the crisis in the country...

Remarks by Federica Mogherini following the meeting with Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus

We had a very good long meeting with the President, obviously passing on all our European support from the European Union for the talks in view of a settlement of the Cyprus issue and recognising his leadership and his commitment in this respect. And obviously we spent a lot of our time discussing the regional dimension of the Middle East Peace Process, in view also of the visit that Prime Minister Netanyahu will pay here next week. The role that Cyprus is playing in this regard is crucial for all of the European Union and obviously we also shared views on the wider framework in the region after the Iranian deal, relations with Egypt and with the rest of the wider Middle East. Cyprus always plays an extremely positive and useful role, especially in this part of the region, when it comes to our foreign policy. We decided that obviously we will continue to be very much in contact and in coordination when it comes to our work in the Middle...

Statement by Federica Mogherini following her meeting with the Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid

Prime Minister, Minister, it is a pleasure for me to welcome you back to Brussels two months after your last visit, at this particularly important, tragic time in the history of Tunisia, following the attack in Sousse. We had a meeting with the ministers today, for more than two hours, and this is important, because we are agreed on the need to see a strong, stable Tunisia, pursuing its path to democracy. There is a strong political will in the European Union to support Tunisia in its democratic transition, at this difficult time for its economy, especially for its tourism industry, and at a difficult time in terms of security challenges and the fight against terrorism, in which we are all united. The partnership between Tunisia and the European Union is particularly important to us Europeans, as we have demonstrated over the years. Our economic and financial assistance has doubled since 2011. We intend to provide even greater support for your reform efforts, in order to develop a partnership which is a genuine partnership, and which is really privileged. It is in our interests too to make sure that Tunisia remains an example to the region. Not just for Tunisia, not just for the Tunisian people, but also to keep hope alive in one of the most uncertain regions in the world. After the attack in Sousse, following on from the attack on the Bardo, our discussions today focussed on urgent security challenges. But this was not our only topic of discussion with the ministers. The EU and its Member States have been engaged in supporting security sector reform in...

Federica Mogherini on the terrorist attack in Turkey

Today’s terrorist attack in Turkish town of Suruҫ targeting young volunteers from the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF), who were gathered to go and help with the reconstruction of Kobane, aimed to further destabilise the region and communities living side by side. The attack adds to the pain and suffering of Syrian people fleeing violence and destruction, and of the Turkish people so generously engaged in helping them. The EU stands by the people and government of Turkey at this very difficult time. We are ready to provide practical support to Turkey. We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved and sympathies to those injured. Terrorist groups will not prevail in their goal to undermine international steadfast determination to defeat them. The EU, Turkey and all other regional and international partners will work together even more closely to tackle this...