Back from Libya. An intense week for NATO and the Balkans

Back from Libya. An intense week for NATO and the Balkans

I write after coming back from Libya, where we have just re-established a direct European Union’s presence: we have re-opened our Embassy and our mission to help Libyans control their borders. This is the result of years of common work with the Libyans and the United Nations: we have accompanied negotiations to end the crisis in the country, we have trained the Libyan coastguard through Operation Sophia, we have supported the Libyan people creating jobs and investing in education and healthcare, and we have freed thirty thousand migrants from detention centres in the country. Yesterday in Tripoli I met with Prime Minister Fayez al Sarraj and Foreign Minister Mohamed Taha Siala: we discussed the upcoming election and new European projects in the country. I met with the UN Special Representative Ghassan Salame and the representatives of all UN agencies in the capital, but also with our Embassy’s staff, our EUBAM mission, and Libyans who manage projects financed by the European Union. Here is a press release, here my words in front of cameras in Tripoli. This week I also met with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri, the Union for the Mediterranean’s new Secretary General Nasser Kamel, and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah. It was also the week of the NATO Summit in Brussels, where we agreed on the next steps in the common work we are doing for Europe’s security – the EU and NATO together (here is our new EU-NATO Joint Declaration). At the Summit we discussed Afghanistan – and I met again with President Ashraf Ghani, press release here – and our common work against the terrorists...
A Vienna, per salvare l’accordo con l’Iran

A Vienna, per salvare l’accordo con l’Iran

Scrivo di ritorno da Vienna, dove ho riunito per la prima volta a livello ministeriale la Commissione che sovrintende al rispetto dell’accordo nucleare con l’Iran. Insieme con i ministri degli Esteri dell’Iran Javad Zarif, della Francia Jean-Yves Le Drian, della Germania Heiko Maas, della Russia Sergei Lavrov, della Cina Wang Yi e al sottosegretario britannico Alistair Burt, abbiamo discusso di un pacchetto corposo di misure per preservare l’accordo, dopo la decisione degli Stati Uniti di ritirarsi unilateralmente dall’intesa. Oltre ad avere ribadito la scelta politica di continuare ad attuare l’accordo, di interesse strategico per la sicurezza dell’Unione europea e del mondo, abbiamo concordato le nostre linee di azione per mantenere le esportazioni di petrolio e gas dall’Iran, tenere aperti i canali finanziari così come i rapporti commerciali, e per sostenere gli imprenditori, soprattutto piccoli e medi, che investono in Iran. Qui il testo che abbiamo adottato nel corso della ministeriale e che ho letto alla stampa al termine della riunione. Prima di presiedere la Commissione, ho avuto un lungo colloquio con Zarif per discutere dello stato di attuazione dell’accordo che, secondo l’Agenzia atomica dell’Onu (Aiea), l’Iran sta pienamente rispettando. La riunione è stata anche l’occasione di incontri bilaterali con il ministro russo Sergei Lavrov, con cui abbiamo parlato anche di Ucraina, Siria e Balcani, e con il ministro degli Esteri e consigliere di Stato cinese Wang Yi, con il quale abbiamo fatto un punto sui nostri rapporti bilaterali, in vista del summit tra Unione europea e Cina di metà luglio. La settimana era cominciata a Roma, dove ho visitato il quartiere generale di Operazione Sophia, l’operazione militare europea nel...

Debate on Armenia at the European Parliament

"Last November we signed a partnership agreement with Armenia [..] It is not about geopolitics. It is not against somebody else. It's a partnership for – first of all, for our citizens [..] It can help advance the demands raised by the Armenian people" @FedericaMog #EPlenary pic.twitter.com/hPpNMUDEHG — European External Action Service – EEAS 🇪🇺 (@eu_eeas) 3 luglio...
The only way to protect our national interest

The only way to protect our national interest

I write at the end of a week when I have worked mostly on security, migration and economic development. Today the public debate focuses very much on national interest and on national security. But in our world there is only one way to protect our national interest, and that is to cooperate with partners outside our borders, to build solid alliances, to invest in multilateralism and international cooperation. For this reason, on Monday, I gather for the forth time the Foreign Ministers of five countries in the Sahel – a crucial region for Europe’s security and for governing migration flows. Here is my press conference with the Foreign Minister of Niger Kalla Ankourao, who holds the G5 Sahel’s presidency: we discussed our contribution to the joint military force of the five countries, our support to regional economy, and our help to tens of thousands migrants to build a new life in their countries of origin. There is one threat to our security that is very often underestimated: it is the threat coming from climate change, which is already bringing insecurity and instability across the world, including at Europe’s doorstep. We discussed it yesterday in Brussels at the ministerial conference I hosted on climate and security – here is my speech at the conference. The conference was also the opportunity for a long meeting with Sushma Swaraj, the Foreign Minister of India – press release here. Last Wednesday I chaired the Partnership Council with Armenia (here is the press conference with Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan), and during the week I agreed to enhance our cooperation with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation...