The European way to peace and security – from Venezuela to the Middle East

The European way to peace and security – from Venezuela to the Middle East

I write as I travel from Germany to Egypt, with an eye on Venezuela. The contact group that we have created with European and Latin American countries has started to work earlier this week, to support a peaceful and democratic way out to the crisis. It is the only possible way – as we repeated with the European Union’s ministers, in today’s declaration that I made on behalf of the European Union and last Monday at the Foreign Affairs Council. Last Monday, with the EU Foreign Ministers, we also discussed the other crises we are working to end, as a matter of priority. We talked about the the positive developments in the Horn of Africa, and the situation in Ukraine and Syria, with the preparations for the third Brussels Conference we will host in mid-March – press conference here. And ahead of the Brussels Conference, I met with the new UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen – press release here. Our meeting on Monday started with a piece of good news: we received the official notification of North Macedonia’s new name, and this week I met again with Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani. Greece and North Macedonia reached an agreement thanks to the courage of their leaders and citizens, and thanks to the power of dialogue – I talked about it here and here is the press release on my meeting with Osmani. Dialogue and collaboration are the essence of the partnerships that the European Union has built around the world. With the United States and NATO, for instance. On Tuesday, I received in Brussels Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the...