At work to save the nuclear deal with Iran

At work to save the nuclear deal with Iran

I write at the end of a week at work to save the nuclear deal with Iran. We discussed it last Monday in Luxembourg with the Foreign Ministers of the European Union, stressing that the deal must be preserved and inviting all parties to avoid new escalations (press conference here). The day after, I was in Washington DC, where Iran was at the centre of my talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. And next Friday we will gather once again the Joint Commission that oversees the deal’s implementation – which is chaired by the European Union and composed of China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and Iran. Press release here. In Washington, with Pompeo, we also talked about the Balkans, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Libya, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia. I also met with Jared Kushner, the President’s advisor on the Middle East, to discuss the situation in Israel and Palestine. Press release here. On Monday, at the Foreign and Defence Ministers’ meeting, I presented a report on the work done in the last three years to turn into action our Global Strategy on foreign and security policy. We confronted our proposals from three years ago with the results achieved – which in some fields have exceeded expectations, for instance on European defence, while in other areas there is still a lot to do. Here is the report, and here the new Council Conclusions to push the work on defence forward. At the Council we also dealt with the situation in Sudan and Moldova. Then with the Foreign Ministers with met Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman al Safadi. Jordan is one of our closest partners...
Arab League, Lebanon, Jordan: at work with our Middle Eastern partners

Arab League, Lebanon, Jordan: at work with our Middle Eastern partners

I write at the end of a week when I have mostly worked with our partners in the Middle East. The week started in Egypt, last Sunday, with the first Summit between the European Union and the Arab League: here is what I told journalists before the Summit, and here is my speech. In Egypt I also had the chance to meet bilaterally with the Foreign Ministers of Jordan, Ayman Safadi, and of Tunisia, Khemais Jhinaoui. From Egypt to Lebanon, possibly the most “European” Arab country and one of our closest partners in the region. In Beirut I met with President Michel Aoun, the Parliament’s President Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Interior Minister Raya El Hassan (press release here). With Prime Minister Hariri we inaugurated the new European Embassy in Beirut – a sign of ever closer and stronger ties between Europe and Lebanon. Here is my speech at the ceremony. Then on Thursday I was at the London Initiative on Jordan: a country of immense potential, in economic terms and for its human capital, with a leadership who managed to remain wise and rational through these difficult years. In London I also met with Jordan Prime Minister Omar Razzaz. Here is what I said during the conference. On Wednesday I was at the European Parliament in Brussels, for the opening of the World Congress against the Death Penalty: we Europeans believe in justice, not revenge, and we continue to work for the abolition of the capital punishment worldwide – together with civil society and engaging with the countries that still resort to it....