Federica Mogherini visits Argentina

Bilateral political and economic relations, as well as support to regional integration and to multilateralism were at the core of the High Representative and Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini’s second visit to Argentina, which took place today. HR/VP Mogherini met in Buenos Aires with President Mauricio Macri and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Susanna Malcorra. The European Union and Argentina are strong partners in promoting multilateralism in the current international context, a rules-based world order, human rights and fundamental freedoms, the implementation of the Paris agreement on climate change, as well as free and fair trade. The meetings reconfirmed their shared commitment to the UN system to ensure peace, security and sustainable development. Mogherini stressed with both interlocutors that Argentina can count on the European Union’s support during its G20 presidency and in preparation of the WTO ministerial meeting in December. During the meetings, developments in Latin America were addressed. On Venezuela, Mogherini reaffirmed the EU’s support to regional initiatives and appreciated Argentina’s engagement to stop the violence, foster political dialogue and promote reconciliation among Venezuelans, in compliance with the constitutional norms and democratic procedures. Mogherini praised Argentina as the pro tempore Mercosur presidency, in particular in advancing negotiations on a new EU-Mercosur trade agreement. Rapid and good progress has been made so far, and both sides agreed to maintain their focus on shared objectives so as to overcome any remaining obstacles and to reach a deal by the end of the year. Mogherini used the opportunity to congratulate Minister for Foreign Affairs Malcorra on her new position and thanked her for her personal friendship and...
Manchester’s sorrow, and our response

Manchester’s sorrow, and our response

A painful week ends, marked by the attack last Monday in Manchester. An attack against our youth, their desire to live, to be together, to have fun together. As a mother, I cannot help thinking of those families’ infinite sorrow. As European institutions, we immediately offered all our support to the UK, strengthening the exchange of information and cooperation among our intelligence services. But the strongest response lies in our willingness to keep on living. We look ahead with hope, “we don’t look back in anger” – this is what the people of Manchester said and sang, when they took on the streets to react together. We also talked about our cooperation against terrorism when we welcomed President Donald Trump to Brussels, on Thursday. He paid a visit to the European institutions during his first foreign trip as the US President, after Vice-President Mike Pence came here during the first month of the administration, and after the many meeting I had with Rex Tillerson, James Mattis, HR McMaster, Jason Greenblatt, Nikki Haley. The United States and the European Union continue to work together: on our shared priorities – from Syria to Ukraine – as well as on issues where our views differ – on these, too, our dialogue is open, and fruitful. This week we also welcomed Emmanuel Macron to Brussels, for the first time as French President. With him, and with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian I discussed the common work ahead and how to relaunch and strengthen our European Union. Including on security and defence. And this last week marked an important step forward towards a European Union of security and defence. Together with...