Following the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting: Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini
EU News 100/2015
First of all let me thank the German Presidency of the G7 for the excellent meeting we've had in this wonderful setting and with such a rich and complex agenda. We've touched upon all the major crises we have on the international scene. Noticing that most, if not all of them are concentrated around the European Union, so there is a specific role and responsibility for us Europeans to play.
Let me say that the main message we had yesterday and today in our discussions was that of the need for unity, being united and coordinated in facing all the crises we're having in front of us, starting from the one in Ukraine, where I would like again to praise the role of Germany and France for the efforts they are making in the implementation and the follow up of the Minsk agreements. Going to Syria and Iraq, Yemen, Libya, those are issues that we have discussed a lot, also in relation to our action against terrorism and on migration, Boko Haram, the work in Sahel and Yemen.
And let me finish by saying that we expressed very warm and united support for the negotiations we are carrying on with Iran on the nuclear programme, with the strong message coming from all to continue to finalise the agreement on the basis of the political understanding we reached in Switzerland a couple of weeks ago, by the end of June. This would first of all be an extremely important element for the security of us all, a very important non-proliferation element but also would be important for the regional framework. The Middle East is facing already so many crises that having some positive development would definitely be extremely important for all of us.
Obviously in all this the European Union is called upon to play a role, which also implies the unity of the European Union and I will, together with the European friends who were present here today, bring part of the discussions to Monday's Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, where we will discuss, among other things Yemen, Libya - and I will put on the table of the Ministers different options for European Union's support to a national unity government, which we hope can come out of the talks that Bernardino León and the UN are leading in these very same days in Morocco.
Source and additional information:
Handshake between Fumio Kishida, Foreign Minster of Japan, on the left and Federica Mogherini. Date: 14/04/2015 Reference: P-027937/00-01 Location: Lübeck (C)EU, 2015 URL