Back from Africa

Back from Africa

I write after coming back from Africa – my tenth visit in two years to sub-Saharan Africa, because that region is crucial to Europe, to the Mediterranean, and to the security of our continent. Liberia, first, where I met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and the first woman to be elected as President of an African country – and I took part in the Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas). This is a region where democracy is taking hold, with growing strength. This Community of States believes – as we Europeans do – that regional cooperation and integration are the best means to guarantee collective peace and security. We saw it in The Gambia, where the ECOWAS’ intervention allowed for a peaceful transition after the latest Presidential election. Here is my speech at the Summit (in English and French). The second stop of my visit was to Mali: a crucial country to the stability of the Sahel, North Africa and the Mediterranean, which is trying to recover from a civil war and to tackle the terrorist threat. The European Union provides a unique contribution to this region’s stability – and as a consequence, to our region’s stability: we mobilise humanitarian aid, but also incentives to private investments, a Trust Fund to address the causes that push men and women to leave their homes in the Sahel, and a fundamental support by our troops and security experts. I began with a visit to the two European missions – one civilian, one military – that are supporting the Malian armed and police forces as they take responsibility for their country’s security. I took part...
Nice and Turkey: our response

Nice and Turkey: our response

These were tough days, marked by the tragedy in Nice and the attempted coup d’état in Turkey. I was in Mongolia, at the Asia-Europe meeting (Asem) together with leaders from fifty countries in two continents. Together we restated our solidarity with France and the need to reinforce our cooperation on intelligence, against terrorist financing, and against radicalisation. But beyond that, as Europeans, we hold a special responsibility: the terrorists who attacked Nice, Brussels and Paris are European citizens. A strong-armed response won’t be enough: nothing can ever justify terror, but we also need to understand the reasons why kids who are born and raised in Europe choose such a deadly path. Here is the Asem statement on international terrorism, here the meeting’s final declaration. Twenty-four hours after Nice, the attempted coup in Turkey sent us back in time, to what we thought was a bygone era of our history. When the news broke, I thought our European Union had to declare immediately and very clearly its support for democratic institutions – and I did so in public (here is my joint statement with Presidents Juncker and Tusk) and on the phone with the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. All Turkish political parties spoke up against the coup and in support of democracy, and I believe this sent out a very powerful message. It is now time to keep the same spirit of unity, respect for the rule of law, and responsibility – and today such responsibility belongs primarily to the Turkish government. In constant contact with EU Delegation in Ankara & Brussels from Mongolia.Call for restraint and respect for democratic institutions #Turkey — Federica Mogherini (@FedericaMog) 15 luglio 2016 I am back in...

Statement of ASEM Leaders on International Terrorism – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

We, the Heads of State and of Government of Asia and Europe, the President of the European Council, President of the European Commission, and the Secretary General of ASEAN, meeting in Ulaanbaatar on 15-16 July 2016, reiterated our strong unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes. Following the recent terrorist attacks in Europe and Asia and in many other places, as we have seen in Nice a few hours before our Summit, we strongly condemn the heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks perpetrated, resulting in the unacceptable loss of innocent lives and countless injuries. We express our deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, to the people and to the governments of various countries which have suffered from terrorist attacks resulting in the loss of innocent lives. We reaffirm our commitment to join forces to fight the plague of terrorism and underline the need to bring to justice those responsible for the attacks in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international...