Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, addressed today the annual Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, a leading multilateral conference on the most challenging issues facing the global community. In his speech, the High Representative underlined current global challenges and the importance of a multilateral, rules-based international system to address them.
He said: “The rules-based international system is being challenged by a logic of power politics, which is more unfair, unpredictable and conflict-prone. […] Europeans are beginning to realise that we have to learn to talk the language of power, if we want to be able to take our destiny in our hands.” See the full speech here.
On the margins, he held bilateral meetings with a number of international and regional counterparts, including with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif. With the Maldives’ Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid, High Representative/Vice-President Borrell discussed the EU’s shared commitment to fight climate change and support democracy. They further discussed key challenges such as environment, radicalisation, economic and social-political matters.
Josep Borrell also met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Marise Payne. The High Representative expressed his full solidarity with Australia, following the devastating bushfires. The High Representative conveyed the EU’s readiness to support firefight. They discussed matters of common interest and current affairs, such as the situation in the wider Middle East and Gulf region, the worrying escalations in Libya and the developments around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. They both expressed the need to continue working towards effective multilateralism and preserve the rules-based international order.
In his first meeting with the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Naledi Pandor, the High Representative highlighted the importance of EU-South Africa relations. They discussed common challenges, such as climate change and migration. The High Representative informed on EU efforts to put forward a new Africa – EU strategy, underlining the importance to work hand-in-glove with African partners throughout the process. They discussed the situation in Zimbabwe and in the Middle East, with particular view to the Middle East Peace Process. The High Representative informed that this issue would be on the agenda of the upcoming Foreign Affairs Council on Monday, 20 January. Naledi Pandor and Josep Borrell looked forward to co-chair the AU-EU Ministerial in Kigali at the beginning of March.