Remarks by Federica Mogherini following the CT/CVE high level event “Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism”

Let me thank you for the invitation and also for the organisation of this important Summit, this is also a major element of our shared European and global counter terrorism effort. But let me also thank you, President Obama, and the United States of America for making it very clear throughout your mandate that this is a fight for all of us together. This is not a fight of the West against the rest. This is something we either do together or we don’t do at all. And I believe this is the strongest, the most powerful message that comes out of this global alliance. It is not a clash of civilisation. The most powerful instrument we have is to explain, to remind, to partner with our Muslim friends, who are the first victims of this terrorism. Only by recognising this, can we hope to win this battle, not only to fight terrorism, but also to win this fight. Fight against violent extremism goes well beyond our current struggles against Da’esh. Obviously this is the most urgent issue, but it is not the only one. On Da’esh we support the efforts of the global coalition including military action, in accordance with international law. We all know that military action against Da’esh is crucial, but it will not be sufficient, neither in Syria nor elsewhere. Political transition in Syria, inclusive political governance in Iraq, the formation of a National Unity Government in Libya, but also the success of the Afghan Unity Government – these are all key components of our strategy, of our fight, as it is crucial to strengthen...

Remarks by Federica Mogherini at the joint press conference with Imad Fakhoury, Minister of planning and international Cooperation of Jordan, after the Informal Ministerial-Level Meeting on the Syrian Crisis in New York, 29 September

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...

Federica Mogherini met Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini had today, at the margins of the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York, a bilateral meeting with the minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov. The High Representative and Minister Lavrov spoke about a wide range of international and bilateral issues. On Syria and Libya, they shared the need to support the UN-led efforts for political solutions for both crises and to address the humanitarian aspects, including the urgency to manage the refugee and migrant flows. The High Representative updated Minister Lavrov on the EU naval operation against traffickers and smugglers of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. Federica Mogherini and the Russian Foreign Minister also exchanged views on the perspective of a renewed engagement for the Middle East Quartet that will meet tomorrow, and on the implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal. HRVP Mogherini and Minister Lavrov discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine and the need to fully implement the Minsk Agreements, with a particular focus on local...

Remarks by the HR/VP Federica Mogherini following the E3/EU+3 meeting with Iran, New York, 28 September

Tonight we had a meeting in the same format as the one we used for the negotiations on the Iranian deal – the E3 + 3 and Iran that I chaired, to start working on the implementation of the agreement reached in Vienna last July at the ministerial level. In these months, our teams have been working very hard in parallel to the parliamentary review that some of the countries have undertaken internally, for example in the Congress and that is ongoing in Iran. We have mainly been working to make sure that, be it on adoption day or implementation day, all the steps that are required for a smooth and immediate implementation are ready. So our teams have been working and tonight the ministers have taken stock of our good start. The IAEA visited Iran recently and [Director General] Amano expressed his satisfaction with the visit. This is a good step and we have further exchanged on the actions that individual countries are taking to do their part in the implementation. The implementation and monitoring process for the agreement will require continuous engagement and commitment from all sides. We have agreed that the joint commission is going to meet soon after adoption day, so that we can, again, go smoothly and quickly. I also have to stress that we were all rather satisfied by the fact that the agreement was mentioned by many, if not all, of the speeches today in the plenary hall as not only a good, solid non-proliferation nuclear agreement but also – indeed mainly – as a big success of diplomacy, multilateralism, and thus...