I am travelling from Rome, where I went for voting in the Italian referendum – as ever, but this time for a crucial reform for Italy’s present and future.
In Rome I also attended an important event, Med2016, a crossroads for thoughts and proposals on our Mediterranean sea. There I presented the work the European Union is doing for Syria, in the humanitarian field (focusing particularly on Aleppo) and on finding a political solution to the war. Here are the video and the text of my dialogue with Staffan de Mistura.
The future of Syria was also at the core of my conversation with the Syrian Women Advisory Board, a group of women from Syria’s civil society, a few days ago in Brussels: to support their work, listen to their voices, and imagine together how to build a future for millions of Syrians.
In the last few days, in Brussels, I had two other important meetings. Both were a sign of our friendship and our support to two of our neighbours, to the South and to the East. I met with Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi (here is the video of our press point) and co-chaired the Association Council between the European Union and Georgia, together with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili (here is the video of our press conference).
On Friday I took part in the EU-NGO Forum: we work with civil society organisations on a daily basis in every part of the world (here is video of my speech).
Right now I am flying towards Dakar, where tomorrow I will open the International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa, together with Senegal’s President Macky Sall – and our cooperation with Africa on peace and security is incredibly strong. My visit to Senegal will also be the opportunity for some bilateral meetings, starting with my meeting with the President, on all the issues our partnership is focusing on, from the economy to migration.