Back from the G7 in France

Back from the G7 in France

I write after coming back from Dinard, in France, where we held the annual meeting of the G7 Foreign Ministers. We dealt with the major international crises – Libya, first and foremost, calling for an end to the clashes and for the implementation of the action plan put forward by the United Nations. Then Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, Venezuela. The Israeli-Palesestinian conflict. Our relations with Iran. And more: we discussed how to fight inequalities – including between men and women, – how to support African peace operations, the role of women in peace processes, how to regulate States’ behaviours in cyber-space and to contrast disinformation, how to tackle together the issue of foreign terrorist fighters going back to their countries. Here are the communiques.

The meeting was also an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the Foreign Ministers of Canada, Chrystia Freeland, and Japan, Taro Kono – two countries that share completely our support for multilateralism.

My week had started in Brussels meeting a group of women mediators, who work to end conflicts in different parts of the world. Then at the headquarters of the European External Action Service, to inaugurate an exhibition on the European Satellite Centre’s work: together, we Europeans have some of the most advanced satellite systems in the world, which no Member State could afford alone. These technologies are essential for our security, for reacting to natural disasters, and for supporting our global partners.

Last Wednesday I was at the Brussels Conference on food security – because food crises and desertification are already causing wars and tensions, and investing in a truly sustainable development is crucial for our collective security. Here is my speech.

Last Thursday I chaired the Cooperation Council with Azerbaijan, together with Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov – in a moment of hope for the region, after Azeri and Armenian leaders relaunched dialogue to end the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Press conference here.

On Thursday I also inaugurate a beautiful mural by a young Bosnian artist, Rikardo Druškić, financed by the European Union with the City of Brussels and the BalkanTrafik festival: here is the unveiling of the mural.