UN General Assembly, China and Syria on day 1

UN General Assembly, China and Syria on day 1

I have arrived in New York for the United Nations’ General Assembly week, which will kick off today with the High Level Meeting on refugees and migrants. During this summit we will present the work the European Union has done on the Migration Compacts and on the External Investment Plan for Africa and the Mediterranean.

Last night I held my first meetings, starting with the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi: together we discussed about Syria, migration, Afghanistan and Iran, but also about bilateral issues as a follow-up to last July’s EU-China Summit in Beijing (here is the press release on the meeting).

I also met with the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, to set up this week’s work, and with the representatives of the Syrian opposition. We are working with them to prepare the political negotiations on Syria’s future. And they will join us tonight, at the informal meeting of the 28 Foreign Ministers of the European Union, which I am gathering to coordinate our common work at the UN General Assembly.

The “UNGA” is also an opportunity for side events and meetings: today I will be at the opening of the Clinton Global Initiative together with Madeleine Albright, general John Allen, Amina Mohammed and Bono. The event will be live-streamed at 5 pm (European time).