In Brussels, a point of reference for our partners

In Brussels, a point of reference for our partners

I write at the end of a week when we have welcomed tens of ministers to Brussels, representing many of our closest partners. We started on Monday with Libya, in a meeting with Prime Minister Fayez al Serraj and a session of our Foreign Affairs Council together with the UN Special Envoy for Libya, Ghassam Salame: we discussed how to stop the fighting in the country and relaunch the UN-led political negotiations. Here is what I told journalists on Monday morning, here is the press release on my meeting with Serraj, and here is the statement with the 28 EU Member States. Libya was also one of the issues we discussed with the Foreign and Defence Ministers of the five Sahel countries – Mali, Chad, Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso – in a joint meeting on Tuesday with the European Union’s Foreign and Defence Ministers. We talked about how to strengthen the G5 Sahel joint military force, which is playing a crucial role in contrasting terrorism and organised crime in the region. Here is Tuesday’s press conference, where I talk about the Sahel. In the margins of the meeting, I met bilaterally with the ministers of all five countries. On Monday we also received a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. I had called for a meeting on the same day with the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the UK, to confirm our support to the nuclear deal with Iran: together we spelled out again the need to avoid an escalation of tensions and violence in the Gulf. Here is Monday’s press conference on Iran and Pompeo’s visit....
In the United States – at work on artificial intelligence and the role of women in society

In the United States – at work on artificial intelligence and the role of women in society

I write from the United States – where on Saturday, in Seattle, we gathered once again our “Global tech Panel”, thanks to the hospitality of Brad Smith from Microsoft. During the meeting we discussed how to regulate the military use of artificial intelligence: on this issue and others, cooperation between politicians and tech experts is crucial. In the margins of the meeting I also had the pleasure to meet Melinda Gates. Today I am in New York for some meetings at the United Nations, then at Princeton University in New Jersey. All details here. Before leaving I met with the President of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcé. I spent the rest of last week in Brussels, where on Tuesday I chaired the Association Council with Georgia, together with Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze: press conference here. I held several meetings with close partners and neighbours of the European Union: with Central-African President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, with Armenia Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, with the Chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite Presidency Milorad Dodik, with Algeria’s Minister of State Ramtane Lamamra. It was also a week of work on the role of women in society. Here is the video on Thursday’s discussion at the European parliament, and here is my message on the International Women’s Day. In the coming days I will meet a group of extraordinary women: the Syrian and Yemeni women who are working to seek a solution for the conflicts in their countries. I will see them in New York, then we will host them at the third Brussels Conference on Syria. The future of the Middle East was also at...