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Federica Mogherini visits Teheran

Today, 5 August, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, visited Tehran, Iran, to attend the formal inauguration ceremony of President Hassan Rouhani. On this occasion she also held bilateral meetings with President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, the Foreign Policy Advisor of the Supreme Leader, Ali-Akbar Velayati and attended a roundtable discussion at the Council for Foreign Policy headed by former Foreign Minister Kamal Kahrazi. In the bilateral meetings the High Representative, acting also in her capacity as coordinator of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), discussed the state of implementation of the nuclear deal. She stated that the JCPOA is delivering on its objectives as confirmed by the six International Agency for Atomic Energy reports and by the economic results following the lifting of nuclear related economic and financial sanctions. The High Representative reiterated the EU’s unwavering commitment to the deal, recalled its historic significance, multilateral dimension and its importance for regional and global stability. She underlined the need for a full and effective implementation of the deal by all parties throughout its duration. The High Representative reviewed the bilateral cooperation between EU and Iran on different areas. Both sides confirmed their interest in expanding this cooperation and discussions will continue at the next High Level Dialogue meeting. The High Representative conferred with her interlocutors on the situation in the region. She stated her support for a regional mechanism of dialogue. She also discussed the need to urgently find a political solution to the conflict in... read more

Speech at the Hessian Peace Prize award ceremony

Check against delivery I would like to start by thanking you, Mr President [Mr Norbert Kartmann, President of the Hessian Parliament], Madam Minister [Ms Lucia Puttrich, Minister of European and Federal Affairs of the State of Hessen], all of you for your kind words, but most of all for this honour. I am also very thankful that you have come to Brussels for this ceremony – as you have highlighted this is the first time that this happens and I am very much aware of the fact that it does is not only a courtesy to myself, which I appreciate, but I know that this is first and foremost a tribute to the European Union, as you said Madam Minister, as a force for peace in our very difficult times. Two years after the deal with Iran [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] was signed, we see and we breathe a very different atmosphere in global affairs and in these days receiving this prize is quite significant. It is not always easy to find or to build the same spirit of collective responsibility that made the Iran deal possible. The work to achieve win-win solutions requires patience, perseverance, as you said, sometimes even stubbornness and a lot, a lot of strength. Many are tempted in these times to seek unilateral action, shortcut. Everyone seems to want to show their strength, instead of showing their wisdom. As if they were not the same. As if wisdom was not the biggest strength you can show, the most difficult to achieve, the most difficult to preserve and also the most difficult to share.... read more

« Il faut créer un Etat stable en Libye ». Interview avec Le Monde

Alors qu’un conseil européen des affaires étrangères devait notamment être consacré, lundi 17 juillet, à la lutte contre les réseaux de trafiquants de migrants en Méditerranée, Federica Mogherini, la chef de la diplomatie européenne, analyse les enjeux de la politique de l’Union européenne (UE) vis-à-vis de la Libye et de la Syrie. Un accord migratoire est-il possible avec un pays en plein chaos comme la Libye ? Il est impensable d’imaginer pouvoir bloquer aujourd’hui la route de la Méditerranée centrale, et certainement pas par un accord, du moins pas avant que la crise en Libye ne soit résolue. Nous devons toujours respecter les règles internationales de non-refoulement. On n’arrête pas les gens au milieu de la mer. On les sauve et on discute ensuite pour savoir s’ils peuvent bénéficier ou non du droit d’asile. Pour l’instant, La Libye n’est pas un pays stable et le travail de l’UE, comme de la communauté internationale, consiste à chercher une solution politique à la crise. C’est la priorité absolue, qui va au-delà de la question des migrations. On oublie parfois qu’il y a des Libyens en Libye. Il s’agit d’y créer un Etat stable, en trouvant un accord politique qui permette aux différents protagonistes, y compris au général Haftar, de partager la responsabilité du pouvoir. Il convient de trouver la façon d’unir les Libyens, dans le cadre de la médiation des Nations unies, pour qu’ils partagent la responsabilité de la gouvernance de leur pays, à partir de Tripoli et de Tobrouk, mais aussi de Misrata et du Sud. C’est très important en raison des connexions entre les tribus du Sud et le... read more

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