The Berlin victims and our response to terror

The Berlin victims and our response to terror

Once again our region is hit by inconceivable violence. In Berlin, during a normal day in the holiday season, against our best youth: Fabrizia Di Lorenzo, an Italian girl killed in the attack, showed Europe’s best face – open, enterprising, fully European. In Ankara, with the killing of the Russian Ambassador, Andrei Karlov. Days earlier in Jordan, and at the Coptic church in Cairo. The only effective answer is a collective answer. A collective European answer, with the work we started towards a real Union of security and defence. But also, and foremost, a collective answer with our partners and our neighbours in our region. This was my message as I chaired a meeting of Foreign Ministers from the European Union and the League of Arab States, in Cairo. Here are my opening remarks and my press conference after the meeting. We talked about Syria, and the common work that we are trying to set up through a regional initiative launched by the European Union – to prepare a political transition, a real national reconciliation, and after that, the reconstruction of a devastated country. In the last few hours, I discussed about it with the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, but also with several Arab Foreign Ministers I met in Cairo. And the work will go on in Brussels, in the coming weeks. With our Arab partners we also discussed our commitment to relaunch the peace process between Israel and Palestine. This work will remain a priority for the European Union, including with our work in the Quartet together with Russia, the United States and the United Nations. We keep working...

Remarks following the signature of the Financing Agreement with Ms Sahar Nasr, Minister of International Cooperation of Egypt

Check against delivery! Let me say a few words. Thank you very much: first of all because my voice today is very low, but also because I will have to run to the Arab League for an important EU-League of Arab States’ Ministerial we have today. It is a particularly sad time for our region: attacks in Berlin yesterday; the very sad episode of the killing of the Russian ambassador [Andrei Karlov] yesterday in Ankara and just a few days ago another attack, this time in Jordan and one week ago here in Cairo. This tells us that we are jointly facing a very difficult and challenging time for our common region and this is the kind of cooperation that we like to bring in the region and for the people. I would like to thank my friend, the Minister [of International Cooperation of Egypt, Sahar Nasr] for an excellent cooperation in particular on these two projects we signed today. One in support – and I know, even though I do not understand Arabic, that you described the projects at length – but especially the fact that we managed to work together to promote job creation for young people in a country that is made of young people and where young people must find their place in life and in jobs, with good quality jobs and a future and also a present. And also a project to finance meals for children in school, especially the most vulnerable children, especially the young girls who are sometimes the first ones to pay when a family is facing a difficulty back home....