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Mogherini in Davos drives forward Syria initiative and EU defence cooperation

19/01/2017 - 20:58

Mogherini in Davos drives forward Syria initiative and EU defence cooperation

Mogherini in Davos drives forward Syria initiative and EU defence cooperation

High Representative Federica Mogherini undertook two days of intensive diplomacy at the Davos World Economic Forum, also on her EU Regional Initiative on the future of Syria.

Among a number of meetings she held, the High Representative met Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's Foreign Minister, Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq, the new Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al Safadi, and the UN special envoy for Syria Staffan De Mistura.
The initiative, launched late last year, aims to identify with regional partners common ground on the post-conflict arrangements for Syria and examine the scope for reconciliation and reconstruction once a credible political transition is firmly under way.

Mogherini also took part in panels on the 'Responsible leadership in a multipolar world', and on 'Promoting stability in the Middle East' and in a public discussion with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on 'Redefining Europe's Security Agenda'. "Security is a priority for the EU," she said. "We have hard and soft power. We have done more on defence in the last seven months than in decades." Building on the ideas in her Global Strategy for EU Foreign and Security Policy, Mogherini has illustrated the European Union's three-pronged set of measures to strengthen the EU's security and defence capability.
She also highlighted the added value of EU membership: "In a reshaping world, the only way for the Europeans to be global players is through the EU," she said.

In two days of intense talks, the High Representative also met Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, and Foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin.

The situation in the Western Balkans was also one of the main issues in her agenda. She met Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, whom she has invited along with his Kosovar counterpart, Isa Mustafa, to talks in Brussels next week. She also held a meeting with Croatian prime minister Andrej Plenkovic.

Mogherini had in Davos a meeting also on Tunisia with prime minister Youssef Chahed and with the leader of the party Ennahda, Rached Ghannouchi.

Migration and human rights were the topics of her meetings with the Secretary General of Amnesty International, Salil Shetty, and with UN High commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi.

The forum in Davos was the chance also for a long meeting with the President of the Swiss confederation Didier Burkhalter. 

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