Press conference on Quartet “plus” at the UN General Assembly

We had this afternoon a meeting of the Quartet principals, following the last one we had in Munich, in February, to work together – EU, US, UN and Russia – on concrete steps on the ground in the absence of the peace process in the Middle East. We have decided to revitalize the Quartet activities. As you might know, our envoys to the Quartet have been working together very hard in these last months. They have been visiting together a number of regional key actors, in particular Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, as a way of involving them in a common effort to restart the engine of the peace process. And focus on what is probably the most viable, maybe the only viable way, today, which is focus on concrete steps on the ground, and in particular on encouraging the parties to start implementing the already signed agreements. We believe this can be a very important step in the right direction to preserve the opportunity to have two states. And start rebuilding trust and confidence, both in Israel and in Palestine, in the other party, and in the process itself. This is what we have decided; this is what we have asked our envoys to work on. This is also what I am going to discuss right now – so, sorry I will be short – with Prime Minister Netanyahu. And this is also what we shared with some of the other key actors on this file, in the second part of the meeting. You know, our Arab friends joined us to share their opinions and their views in this...
Fight terrorists, work on political solutions. Speech at the UN Security Council

Fight terrorists, work on political solutions. Speech at the UN Security Council

Intense days here in New York, for the United Nations General Assembly. Today I took part in the Security Council event, organised by the Russian Federation, on maintaining international peace and security. The focus was on the many crises in the Middle East and North Africa. I believe it is time for the international community to put aside the differences of the past. And this is how I started my speech: Today we are here to discuss two top priorities: the political solution of conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa; and the fight against terrorist groups such as Da’esh and al-Qaeda’s affiliates. For too long these two priorities have been perceived as conflicting goals. For too long we discussed whether to prioritise the political processes or the fight against Da’esh. These divisions weakened our action. They weakened the international community. I believe we are now ready to move on. We are now ready to accept that these two goals can only go hand in hand. Here is the video, starting at...

Remarks by Federica Mogherini at the press point following the Quartet meeting at the United Nations, 30 September 2015

We had this afternoon a meeting of the Quartet principals, following the last one we had in Munich, in February, to work together – EU, US, UN and Russia – on concrete steps on the ground in the absence of the peace process in the Middle East. We have decided to revitalize the Quartet activities. As you might know, our envoys to the Quartet have been working together very hard in these last months. They have been visiting together a number of regional key actors, in particular Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, as a way of involving them in a common effort to restart the engine of the peace process. And focus on what is probably the most viable, maybe the only viable way, today, which is focus on concrete steps on the ground, and in particular on encouraging the parties to start implementing the already signed agreements. We believe this can be a very important step in the right direction to preserve the opportunity to have two states. And start rebuilding trust and confidence, both in Israel and in Palestine, in the other party, and in the process itself. This is what we have decided; this is what we have asked our envoys to work on. This is also what I am going to discuss right now – so, sorry I will be short – with Prime Minister Netanyahu. And this is also what we shared with some of the other key actors on this file, in the second part of the meeting. You know, our Arab friends joined us to share their opinions and their views in this...

Press conference on Syria at the UN General Assembly

We had a very important session of work, co-hosted by our Jordan friends, on the issue of the Syrian refugees. We tackled not only the issue of humanitarian assistance, which was obviously the focus of the meeting, but also the political and security tracks when it comes to the Syrian crisis. You know very well that the Syrian refugees problem is first of all a problem for the region, and we have all recognised the incredible, important, wonderful work that Jordan is playing in hosting so many refugees together with the other countries of the region, in particular Lebanon and Turkey. We also recognized the need to focus all our efforts in supporting this process, not only focusing on the work in the camps, but also on the support to hosting communities. Local communities that are hosting millions of people with a difficult situation when it comes to services, health services, education and the social situation. We also focused very much on the fact that dealing with the humanitarian aspect of the crisis is curing only the symptoms. At the same time we also have to tackle the causes, which is the war in Syria. And this requires, on one side the security track – the fight against Da’esh – and on the other side, the political one, the diplomatic efforts that are very much going on – as you know – around this week here in New York to start the political transition or, as some put it, changes in the democratic life of Syria. I see that, around this concept of starting a political process that includes...