United and determined

United and determined

I write after coming back from Tallinn, where I chaired the meeting of the European Union’s Foreign and Defence Ministers – at the end of a difficult week of international tensions, after the latest North Korean nuclear test. We managed to respond to these tensions with unity and determination, and with some important decisions – which I explain here. With the Foreign Minister we addressed the crisis in Venezuela, with a commitment to keep on with our contacts to help bring the crisis to an end – particularly our contacts with Latin-American partners. We also discussed the conflict between Israel and Palestine, and decided to start a review of the modalities of our engagement on the ground: we do not want to reduce our engagement, but on the contrary to make it more effective towards the only realistic goal to end the conflict, that is, a two-state solution. Another important point on our agenda, which we discussed with the Ministers of the five candidate countries to EU membership: the prevention of radicalisation and the fight against terrorism. Here is the press conference after the Foreign Ministers’ meeting, and here is my discussion with members of Defence and Foreign Affairs Committees from all around Europe to discuss the priorities of our common foreign and security policy. Because in Tallinn, over the last two days, we also carried on our work on the European common security and defence. First, with an exercise on cyber-security, together (for the first time) with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg; and then with some important decisions on strengthening our common European commitment in two essential regions for us: the Sahel and the Horn of...
Back from Kuwait

Back from Kuwait

I write after coming back from Kuwait, where I brought the European Union’s support to the mediation carried on by the Emir, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to end the crisis between Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, on one side, and Qatar on the other. In my meetings with the Emir, with Foreign Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah and the Emir’s emissary, Mohammad Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, we agreed on the need to end the crisis through dialogue as soon as possible, and we discussed how the European Union can further support this goal. This is something I will also discuss tonight and tomorrow in Brussels with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri. In Kuwait I also talked about our common work to support the reconstruction of the Iraqi areas liberated from Daesh, about regional crises starting with Syria, and about our bilateral ties. Here is the press release on the visit. The visit to Kuwait concluded a week that I had spent in Europe, in Brussels, Zagreb and Athens. In Athens, with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, we discussed the European Union’s support to Greece after the quake in Kos, but also how to relaunch the Cyprus peace talks, and our relations with Turkey, ahead of the EU-Turkey dialogue we will hold in Brussels this week. Here is the video of my meeting with Tsipras. In Zabgreb – during my meetings with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, Foreign Minister Marija Pejčinović Burićand Defence Minister Damir Krstičević – we mostly dealt with the situation in the Balkans, to keep the region advancing on its path towards the European Union, and with European defence. Here...

Federica Mogherini meets with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, met today with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu in the margins of the Conference of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). They exchanged views on bilateral relations, the Middle East peace process and regional issues. One day before the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the 6-day war, the High Representative reiterated her call for an end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A concerted international effort led by the Quartet and working with partners in the region, offer good opportunities to focus on the preservation of the two-state solution as the only viable way of achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace. In this context, High Representative Mogherini discussed with Prime Minister Netanyahu how concrete progress can be reached. She also reaffirmed the EU’s commitment to work together with both Israel and Palestinians to this end, as well as key regional and international players, the Middle East peace process remaining a top priority for the EU’s foreign policy and...
An indispensable Union, for Europeans and for the world

An indispensable Union, for Europeans and for the world

I write from Brussels, in a day when European institutions open their doors to citizens. It is a good way to remind that the European Union belongs to all Europeans – as a protection in the globalised world, a guarantor of rights, an opportunity of peace and economic growth. Yesterday I was in Florence instead, at the annual “State of the Union” conference organised by the European University Institute. I answered questions from Roula Khalaf from the Financial Times, telling her what all our global partners tell me every day: there is a great need for a strong European Union, an ever more indispensable power in our difficult international environment. Here is the video of the conference. Over the week I have met many of our partners, here in Brussels, starting with our neighbours in the Mediterranean. On Tuesday I inaugurated the European Parliament’s Tunisia week, together with President Antonio Tajani and the President of the Tunisian Parliament Mohamed Ennaceur. I said once again that Tunisia is not only a fundamental country for our region’s stability, but also a hope for democracy in tough times. This is also why Tunisia – and its youth people, in particular – can always count on our support. Here is my speech (in French). During these days we also worked on Libya: yesterday I spoke to Prime Minister Fayez Al Serraj and the Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed, to discuss Serraj’s meeting with Khalifa Haftar. Here is the press release. On Thursday I chaired the annual meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee of donors for Palestine. Together with the Israelis and the Palestinians, the Russians and the Americans, the United...