A total of 43 countries from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East gathered in Barcelona for a landmark Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Ministerial meeting on Thursday 26 November. It was co-chaired by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judah.
Today, Nigeria is once again the target of terrorist violence. An attack on a market in Yola, capital of north eastern Adamawa state has killed over 30 people and wounded many more. The EU expresses its condolences with those who lost loved ones and recalls its full solidarity with the Nigerian government and people.
Through its European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), the EU works with its southern and eastern neighbours to achieve the closest possible political association and the greatest possible degree of economic integration. The policy helps the EU to support and foster stability, security and prosperity.
The terrorist attacks in Paris, the crisis in Syria and migration were at the core of the discussion at the EU Foreign Affairs Council today in Brussels. A minute of silence was observed in memory of the victims in Paris. During the meeting Ministers also issued statements on the violence in Burundi amongst other subjects.
First of all, let me thank Jean [Asselborn,Foreign Minister] in particular, but the Presidency as a whole, for the excellent cooperation we have had on the preparation of this extremely important conference that shows first of all the awareness of the fact that we are facing the same challenges. As we say around the Mediterranean and elsewhere, we are on the same boat and facing the same problems. So, we need common approaches and common solutions to these problems.