Federica’s diary

From the Western Balkans Summit to Central Asia, from Ukraine to the Sahel

From the Western Balkans Summit to Central Asia, from Ukraine to the Sahel

I write as I arrive in Burkina Faso and the Sahel, where I will meet our regional partners. Until this morning I was in Kyiv, Ukraine, where the 21st summit between the European Union and Ukraine took place. Last Friday I was in Poznan, Poland, for the summit with our six partners in the Western Balkans. And over the weekend I was once again in Central Asia

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Two important results on Mercosur and Iran

Two important results on Mercosur and Iran

I write at the end of a week when we achieved two very important results. On Friday, after years of negotiations, we reached a trade agreement with the Mercosur countries. On Friday we also gave an important announcement on the defence of the nucleare deal with Iran: the instrument to support legitimate trade exchanges with Iran (called INSTEX) has become operational

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At work to save the nuclear deal with Iran

At work to save the nuclear deal with Iran

I write at the end of a week at work to save the nuclear deal with Iran. We worked on it last Monday in Luxembourg with the Foreign Ministers of the European Union, stressing that the deal must be preserved and inviting all parties to avoid new escalations. The day after, I was in Washington DC, where Iran was at the centre of my talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Next Friday we will gather once again the Joint Commission that oversees the deal’s implementation

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Back from the Horn of Africa. Now in Italy to vote

Back from the Horn of Africa. Now in Italy to vote

I write at the end of a week I have spent mostly in the Horn of Africa. It is a crucial area for our region’s and Europe’s stability – just think that 20 per cent of European trade with the world goes through the Strait of Aden

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