At the United Nations’ General Assembly

At the United Nations’ General Assembly

I write after coming back from New York, where just like every year I took part in the the United Nations’ General Assembly ministerial week. It is a moment to show the European Union’s practical support to the multilateral system and the United Nations – the essential pivot towards peaceful solutions to today’s crises. It was an intense week, difficult at times, with many important achievements but also some tough moments. Starting with the tensions between the United States and Iran. Defending Iran deal On Wednesday night I chaired the meeting with the Foreign Ministers of Iran and the six countries that, two years ago, negotiated the deal on Iran’s nuclear program – the United States, China, Russia, France, Germany and the UK. Together we confirmed that Iran is fulfilling the agreements, as the International Atomic Energy Agency certified eight times. It is up to the IAEA to verify that all nuclear commitments are being implemented: this is what the deal states, together with a Resolution by the UN Security Council. For this reason, the deal belongs to the whole world, not just to one or two countries, and the European Union will do everything in our power to guarantee the deal is fully implemented by all. This is the message I delivered in my meetings with the Vice-President of the United States Mike Pence, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, with Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and and Russia’s Sergei Lavrov. Here is my press conference on Iran, here my interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. For global non-proliferation In a moment when tension with North Korea continue, it would make no sense to dismantle a non-proliferation deal that is working...

Talking about Syria on Sky News Arabia

During #UNGA @FedericaMog announced Brussels process for #Syria and new conference in Spring 2018. Here's her interview with @skynewsarabia pic.twitter.com/DaAxlqrlli — EU External Action (@eu_eeas) September 22,...
From the State of the Union, to the UN General Assembly

From the State of the Union, to the UN General Assembly

I write on my way to New York, for the UN General Assembly’s Ministerial week, and after an important session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Important both for the issues we worked on with the Members of Parliament, and for President Juncker’s State of the Union speech. It was a powerful and bold speech, touching upon the main foreign policy issues which the European Union continues to be engaged on: our work towards a European Union of security and defence; the Western Balkans’ path towards the EU; our leadership in the fight against climate change and for a free and fair international trade; our investment in Africa’s development. Free&fair #trade, partnership with #Africa, EU #defence, EU perspective for Balkans, leadership on #ClimateChange A great #SOTEU @JunckerEU — Federica Mogherini (@FedericaMog) 13 settembre 2017 .@JunckerEU “L’Europe ne progresse que quand elle fait preuve d’audace”: solidarité, unité, droits, égalité #EUdacityOfHope #SOTEU — Federica Mogherini (@FedericaMog) 13 settembre 2017 On many of these issues I worked during my three days at the European Parliament. On Tuesday I was on the floor of the House to discuss migration: I talked about the work we are doing and the results we are starting to achieve – in particular to save human lives, to foster growth in Africa and to improve the living conditions of migrants along the route, in Libya and in the Sahel (here is my speech and my reply to parliamentarians). In Strasbourg we also worked on North Korea, in a week marked by yet another provocation by Pyongyang (here is my statement on the latest launch of a ballistic missile) and after the new Resolution approved unanimously by the UN...

Speech at the Hessian Peace Prize award ceremony

Check against delivery I would like to start by thanking you, Mr President [Mr Norbert Kartmann, President of the Hessian Parliament], Madam Minister [Ms Lucia Puttrich, Minister of European and Federal Affairs of the State of Hessen], all of you for your kind words, but most of all for this honour. I am also very thankful that you have come to Brussels for this ceremony – as you have highlighted this is the first time that this happens and I am very much aware of the fact that it does is not only a courtesy to myself, which I appreciate, but I know that this is first and foremost a tribute to the European Union, as you said Madam Minister, as a force for peace in our very difficult times. Two years after the deal with Iran [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] was signed, we see and we breathe a very different atmosphere in global affairs and in these days receiving this prize is quite significant. It is not always easy to find or to build the same spirit of collective responsibility that made the Iran deal possible. The work to achieve win-win solutions requires patience, perseverance, as you said, sometimes even stubbornness and a lot, a lot of strength. Many are tempted in these times to seek unilateral action, shortcut. Everyone seems to want to show their strength, instead of showing their wisdom. As if they were not the same. As if wisdom was not the biggest strength you can show, the most difficult to achieve, the most difficult to preserve and also the most difficult to share....