First trip as High Representative in sub-saharan Africa. I was in Niger today, both in the capital Niamey and in Agadez, visiting the European military mission there (Eucap Sahel Niger). We share so many interests with Niger, the whole Sahel and with so many countries in Africa. We all want to create job and opportunities in those region. We all want to fight international criminal networks and human smugglers. We share an interest in managing migration in the best possibile way, for both Europe and Africa.
A key concept is resilience. We need to help African countries to get stronger – economically, socially and politically. There is no other way to prevent conflicts before they arise. It is the best way to serve our shared interests. Our job with Africa has only just began, I will come back soon.