A “global” week: back from Latin America

A “global” week: back from Latin America

This is a “global” week, to strengthen relations between the European Union and our partners around the world. Today and tomorrow, in Brussels, we are hosting Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang for the EU-China Summit. From Saturday on, I will be in Africa for the Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the meeting we hold once a year with the G5 Sahel Foreign Ministers (from Mali, Niger, Chad, Mauritania and Burkina Faso). And now I am just back from my tenth visit to Latin America since the beginning on the mandate, two years ago. Latin America is a continent that is as far away geographically as it is close to us for culture, for economic relations, for our common approach to international politics and to today’s world. In Argentina as much as in Chile, we agreed on the need to work together to preserve and implement the Paris agreement on climate, on the support to the United Nations and the multilateral system, on the necessity to find and accompany a mediation to end the crisis in Venezuela. This was my second time in Argentina as High Representative – the sign of a close and constant cooperation. In Buenos Aires I met, among others, with President Mauricio Macri and Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra: we discussed our bilateral relations, the trade deal between the European Union and Mercosur, our cooperation inside the UN and the G20 (which will be chaired by Argentina next year). Here is the press release on my meetings. Then to Chile, in the very days when we, as European Commission, have proposed to update our Association Agreement with Chile and...