At the UN General Assembly: Iran, Syria, Israel and Palestine

At the UN General Assembly: Iran, Syria, Israel and Palestine

Yesterday I wrote about my week at the UN General Assembly in New York. Today I’d like to say more about the work done to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, to restart peace negotiations for Syria, and to keep alive and relaunch the two-State solution for Israel and Palestine. Saving Iran deal, for our common security In New York I gathered the Foreign Ministers of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran, to take note once again that Iran is respecting its commitments, as certified by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Together we are working on a mechanism that would let our firms continue working in Iran. I talked about it at the press conference after our meeting (here), with Fareed Zakaria at the Bloomberg Global Forum, and with Christiane Amanpour on CNN. The deal with Iran is working, and multilateral negotiations are a necessary path also to solve the Korean issue: this is what I said at the meeting on the nuclear Test-Ban Treaty. Our contribution to help restart the Syria talks in Geneva The war in Syria can only end with an agreement among Syrians, negotiated in the framework provided by the United Nations. In New York we worked to give new impetus to the talks led by Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy, and Staffan was our guest at the European Union’s Foreign Ministers meeting – I talked about it with journalists, here. Then we gathered ministers from over fifty countries – from the United States to Russia, from Turkey and Iran to the Arab world – to discuss how to support the UN work. And...

The European response to US sanctions against Iran

#IranDeal "We updated our Blocking Statute [..] this legislation protects European businesses from the effects of the US sanctions" @FedericaMog https://t.co/x8TpA9r3bu pic.twitter.com/bGCi4YHuK7 — European External Action Service – EEAS 🇪🇺 (@eu_eeas) 7 agosto...
A Union for cooperation and multilateralism

A Union for cooperation and multilateralism

I write at the end of a week when we confirmed and strengthened the founding principles of our European foreign policy: cooperation and multilateralism, dialogue and the search for solutions that make us and our partners more stable, more secure and stronger economically. Over the last few days we have worked a lot with Africa: our cooperation is now closer than ever, and it serves both our interests and theirs. Last Tuesday I met in Brussels with the President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, and his government: we have collected more than a billion euros from the international community, to support a country that has managed to move peacefully out of an authoritarian regime. Here is my speech at the conference, here the press release. Last Wednesday, together with the whole European Commission we met with the African Union’s Commission. With the commissioners and President Moussa Faki – whom I also met at length bilaterally – we decided to push forward our cooperation on security, on economic development, on a sustainable management of migration flows, and on crucial international issues such as the deal with Iran. Here is our statement. The nuclear deal remains central to our daily work: we keep working to preserve it, in the European Union and with our international partners. Dismantling a deal that is working would not at all strengthen our security – the contrary is true. This week the International Atomic Energy Agency has certified for the twelfth time that Iran is respecting all its nuclear commitments. Last Friday, in Vienna, the European Union chaired a new meeting of the Joint Commission on the...