I write after a week when I travelled to the Far East and then to the United States. First stop in Japan, for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony, together with the representatives of 190 countries and international organisations. It was also an opportunity to meet with Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defence Minister Taro Kono: Japan is one of our closest partner, and we are strengthening even further our cooperation on security as well as on connectivity between Europe and the Far East. I also met with a group of civil society representatives and academics, and former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, to thank him for his contribution to achieving the new partnership agreement between the European Union and Japan. Press release here.
I then travelled to China, where I met with Prime Minister Li Keqiang to discuss – among other things – how to better regulate our economic and trade relations. With Foreign Minister Wang Yi we talked about our common work to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, and about the situation in Afghanistan, Korea, Syria and Venezuela. In Beijing I also met with a group of civil society representatives. Press release here.
Final stop in New York: I spoke at the annual meeting of the International Crisis Group’s board – a non-governmental organisation that shares our same approach to conflict resolution in most of the current crises, from Syria to Venezuela. In New York I also met with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the ambassadors of EU countries to the United Nations.
This coming week I will be in Brussels, for the conference we have organised with the UN Agencies to show our solidarity towards Venezuelan migrants and refugees, and the countries hosting them.