Working to preserve the deal with Iran

Working to preserve the deal with Iran

I write after coming back from Bulgaria, where together with the whole College of European Commissioners we inaugurated the Bulgarian semester of Presidency of the European Union. The next six months will be particularly important for our relations with the Balkans: our goal remains to consolidate our six partners’ path  towards the EU, so it becomes an irreversible process. These were intense days, especially because of our work to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran. On Thursday I chaired a meeting in Brussels with the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and with the Foreign Ministers of the three European countries that negotiated the deal (Jean-Yves Le Drian for France, Boris Johnson for Britain, and Sigmar Gabriel for Germany). The deal is working, the International Atomic Energy Agency has certified it nine times already, and it is crucial for the security of Europe and the world. It is positive that yesterday President Donald Trump confirmed that the United States will respect their commitments, extending the waiver on nuclear-related sanctions foreseen by the deal. Our meeting in Brussels was also the opportunity to discuss other themes that are not related to the nuclear deal, as the last weeks’ protests in Iran, the tensions in the Middle East and Iran’s ballistic missiles program. There are issues we Europeans are concerned about, which we are committed to tackling with even greater determination, outside the scope of the nuclear deal: in fact, the deal was negotiated on the basis on a UN mandate that limited its scope very clearly. Here is the press conference with Le Drian, Johnson and Gabriel dopo l’incontro. For the European Union, the Middle East is a strategic...

Joint press release by Federica Mogherini and President of the African Union, Alpha Condé

The President of the African Union, Alpha Condé, and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs/ Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, spoke on the phone on 18 November to discuss the terrible reports of inhumane treatment, notably of slavery, of migrants in Libya. Theyexpressed their total condemnation of these despicable acts and are firm in their resolve to ask for an immediate end to these criminal practices as well as to the trafficking of human beings. Both support demands made to the Libyan authorities to undertake swift action, to fight against the perpetrators of such crimes and to bring them to justice. The High Representative/ Vice-President Mogherini confirmed the EU’s commitment to continue its support tothe United Nations to ensure the respect of human rights, and to improve migrants’ living conditions on Libyan territory. Positive cooperation between African countries and the UN to allow for the safe return of their citizens stranded in Libya was also evoked. The EU’s support to the IOM has also allowed to assist more than 10,000migrants to voluntary return to their countries of origin. At the same time the EU’s financial support to theUNHCR’s resettlement programme for people in need of international protection from Libya has allowed for the initial resettlement of a number of people. The President of the AU and the High Representative also agreed on the need to pursue cooperation of the EU with African countries, including those of the G5 Sahel, as well as with the African Union to actively fight against the traffickers’ and smugglers’ networks. The African Union and the European Union...