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Joint press release with President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić

The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, met tonight in Belgrade to discuss, in an open, frank and substantial way, the latest developments and the future of the EU-facilitated Dialogue for normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina. In the conversation the High Representative deplored yesterday’s events in Kosovo: What happened yesterday must not happen again. The European Union expects calm, wisdom, restraint and leadership to prevail. The President and the High Representative agreed to find new ways to continue working and resolving peacefully issues between Belgrade and Pristina. They agreed it is in the national and state interest of Serbia to preserve stability, peace and to progress on the EU... read more

Federica Mogherini holds meeting with the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani

Today, in the margins of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan: “Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity”, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, met with the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani. The High Representative stressed the European Union’s full support for the comprehensive and unprecedented offer of peace to the Taliban made by President Ghani at February’s Kabul Process meeting. The European Union is ready to accompany this Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. It is time for all – Afghanistan, the international community, including regional partners, and the Taliban – to make use of this window of opportunity and take concrete steps towards a brighter, peaceful, and prosperous future for all Afghans and the wider region. High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini and President Ghani discussed ways in which the EU may be able to further support Afghanistan’s peace efforts, following the EU-organised dedicated meeting among international and regional stakeholders in the margins of the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan in October 2016, the EU’s support to the implementation of the peace deal agreed with Hezb-e-Islami, and the EU’s substantial financial and political support for Afghanistan’s social and economic development and regional connectivity. The High Representative/Vice-President and the President looked ahead to the UN-hosted ministerial conference on Afghanistan, to be held in November in Geneva as an important opportunity to review progress made by the Afghan government and the international community as regards the political and economic reforms committed to at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. The discussions also touched upon the upcoming parliamentary elections and presidential elections and... read more

EU-facilitated Dialogue: Federica Mogherini held a meeting with Presidents Vučić and Thaçi

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, met on Friday 23 March with Presidents Aleksandar Vučić of Serbia and Hashim Thaçi of Kosovo. They discussed further, within the framework of the new phase of the EU-facilitated Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, the preparations of a comprehensive agreement on normalisation of relations. They reviewed progress made in the implementation of the past agreements, in light of recent working sessions held in Brussels. The High Representative underlined the importance the EU attaches to the full implementation of all existing agreements and stressed in particular the urgent need to start with the establishment of the Association/Community of Serb majority municipalities, the Energy Agreement and proceed with the completion of the Mitrovica Bridge. The High Representative welcomed the continued commitment by both Presidents to the normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia and recalled that progress by both on their EU integration agendas is firmly linked to progress in the... read more