We had an important meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council today in Brussels. It was important for the issues on the agenda – from the situation in Libya to our relationship with Russia, from relaunching the Middle East peace process to the trip I am planning to Iran with other Commissioners. But it was also important because of a great show of unity on each of the issues on the table. We keep reading of divisions inside our Union, but in meetings like this it is clear we share the same interests and objectives, even – and mainly – on the most heated matters. Here is the video of the final press conference.
After the Council I had two other important meetings. First I took part, together with President Ollanta Humala, in the signing ceremony of a visa-waiver agreement with Peru. Starting from tomorrow, our citizens will not need a visa for short stays. It is yet another sign of the everyday stronger relationship between Europe and Latin America, after the visa-waiver deal with Colombia, the relaunching of our relations with Argentina and last week’s historic cooperation agreement with Cuba.
Later in the evening I chaired the second association council with Moldova, with Prime Minister Pavel Filip. As restated by the Foreign Affairs Council today, we have a strategic interest in deeper relations with our Eastern neighbours. Helping them on their path toward reforms is their interest as much as it is ours, for all the citizens of this continent.