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Remarques de Federica Mogherini lors du point presse commun au Conseil des Affaires étrangères avec Moussa Faki Mahamat, Président de la Commission de l'Union Africaine

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C'est un grand plaisir pour moi aujourd'hui d'accueillir le Président de l'Union africaine [Moussa Faki Mahamat].

J'ai eu l'honneur de lui rendre visite quelques jours après le début de son mandat à Addis Abeba et c'est un honneur pour moi d'essayer de lui rendre l'accueil très chaleureux que nous avions reçu à Addis Abeba, pour travailler sur l'approfondissement de notre partenariat entre l'Union européenne et l'Union africaine.

Les Ministres des 28 Etats Membres de l'Union européenne vont accueillir M. Moussa Faki [Mahamat] avec beaucoup d'attention et un désir d'approfondir notre partenariat, notre coopération sur toute une série de domaines. Cela va du développement durable à la lutte contre le changement climatique, aux crises auxquelles nous faisons face ensemble, notre soutien au travail que l'Union africaine fait sur la paix et la sécurité, pour ne nommer que certains des sujets qui vont faire l'objet de notre dialogue et de notre partenariat.

Nous allons avoir un important sommet entre l'Union européenne et l'Afrique fin novembre à Abidjan, en Côte d'Ivoire.  [Notre rencontre aujourd'hui constitue] une excellente opportunité de discuter ensemble, en plein partenariat et coopération, sur la façon de faire de mieux en mieux pour nos citoyens, avec une attention particulière pour la jeunesse qui est pour nous le centre de notre action et de notre attention.

Je voudrais remercier M. Moussa Faki [Mahamat] d'être ici à Bruxelles.  Il sera aussi à Strasbourg demain, au Parlement européen, ce qui est un signal très fort de l'importance qu'il donne à ce partenariat avec l'Union européenne. Politiquement, notre intention - du côté de l'Union européenne- est d'investir profondément  et donner un nouvel élan à notre partenariat. Nous avons la volonté d'investir dans le partenariat stratégique entre l'Union européenne et l'Union africaine et je pense que sous votre leadership, celui-ci va connaître une dimension tout à fait nouvelle.

Je vous remercie beaucoup d'être ici avec nous aujourd'hui.

 

Q. There are a couple of longstanding dictatorships in Africa. How many members of the African Union do you think effectively share a commitment to democracy and human rights which is a target of the EU- Africa partnership and on what basis will you work with the other states? And one question to the chairperson of the African Union, where do you see conflicts of interest and conflicts of value with the European Union?

The African Union has itself set its own standards on democracy, rule of law, on societies that are resilient and open.  We always find in the African Union a valuable partner, a serious and consistent partner when it comes to our shared values. We see our values are shared with the African Union and we work sometimes – well, often – together on some of the difficulties that are there. We know them well. For us the important thing is to always work with a partnership approach as the core approach we have in respect, but also in consistency with our values which are always based on the human rights, rule of law, democracy, fundamental freedoms. I know this is also the set of values that the African Union sets for its members. The road to there and to that objective is not always a linear and easy one -not only for Africa, as it has been the case sometimes also for Europe. We know that the African people exactly the same aspiration as the European people to reach these goals. And this partnership we have, especially on the political field, is always aimed at strengthening societies that are open, democratic and free.

 

Q. What about terrorism? Have you discussed the issues of terrorism?

We have not yet discussed as we meet you before we meet the Foreign Ministers- for schedule constraints. But we will for sure discuss also our common work to prevent radicalisation, to face security threats including terrorism, being it in the Horn of Africa and in Somalia in particular - we were together last week at the [2017 London] Somalia Conference discussing in particular the fight against al-Shabab-, being it in the fight against Boko Haram or the security concerns we share on Sahel or on Libya. We have, I believe, the same approach; that of a fight against terrorism that is based on prevention of radicalisation and on ownership of the African societies of this fight. The support we are giving to the African Union and through the African Union is focused on this ownership for an African-led and owned work to counter terrorism in Africa. And we know that this is exactly one key field where the European interest and the African interest coincide. For us, preventing terrorism, radicalisation and fighting terrorism in Africa together with our African partners and friends is also a way of preventing security threats in Europe. Because the world is connected and we know that this is a priority also for our European  security. We also appreciate very much the work that so many African Union member states are doing for peace and security, with sometimes a loss of lives that is really impressive. This is often not enough recognised by our European public opinions.