From South-East Asia to Africa, for peace in Mozambique

From South-East Asia to Africa, for peace in Mozambique

I write at the end of a ten-day trip that led me to South-East Asia and Mozambique, for the signature of a peace agreement ending decades of war.

On August 1st I arrived to Thailand, to take part – for the fifth time in five years – to the meeting between the European Union and the organisation of South-East Asian countries (ASEAN) and to the Regional Forum organised by ASEAN. In these five years the European Union and ASEAN have cooperated more intensely than ever before – on our common security, on the great global crises, on free and fair trade, on climate change. Here are my remarks at the meeting between EU and ASEAN.

ASEAN’s Regional Forum was the opportunity to meet partners from all around the world: on top of the Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, I met with the Foreign Minister of Indonesia Retno Marsudi, U Kyaw Tin of Myanmar, Prak Sokhonn of Cambodia, Wang Yi of China, Taro Kono of Japan, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar of India, Kang Kyung-wha of the Republic of Korea, Winston Peters of New Zealand, and Chrystia Freeland of Canada.

From Thailand to Vietnam. With Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich, we concluded two agreements for Vietnam’s participation in our civilian and military missions and for cooperation on peacekeeping – here is the press conference. In Hanoi I also met the Parliament’s Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân and a group of students from the Erasmus Mundus programme – who are Europe’s best ambassadors in the world (video here).

Then to Mozambique, for a truly historic event: after years of work, with the European Union’s support, government and opposition have put an end to almost half a century of armed conflict in the country. Mozambique was one of my first African destinations when my mandate begun, and it was an honour to be at the signature of the peace deal – after my meetings with President Felipe Nyusi and RENAMO’s leader Ossufo Momade. It is a sign of hope for Africa and for the world. Here is my speech.

My last stop in this tour around the Indian Ocean’s shores was Malé, the capital of the Maldives. The country just held elections that marked its return towards democracy. Besides my meetings with President Mohamed Solih, Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid and Defence Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi, I had the honour to speak in front of the newly-elected Parliament – about democracy, security, but also and prominently about the fight against global warming. Here is my speech, here is the press conference with the Foreign Ministers.

Finally, here is my statement on tensions Kashmir – that I discussed directly with the Indian and the Pakistani Foreign Ministers.