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EU-Africa cooperation better than ever, Mogherini says

15/05/2017 - 23:12
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The European Union and Africa are deepening their cooperation on a broader range of issues, ahead of a summit in November which will focus on improving conditions for young people, High Representative Federica Mogherini said today.

"The principal theme (of the summit) will be young people, which will allow us to work on very concrete projects and with a strong political willingness on both sides to create jobs and opportunities for young Africans," Mogherini said after chairing the monthly meeting of EU foreign ministers, who also welcomed Moussa Faki Mahamat, President of the African Union Commission.

Ministers also discussed the situation in the Horn of Africa and the EU's support, both on the Humanitarian and security sides.

"Today we really turned the page of a relationship that was already good, but which now becomes extremely central for the EU and the AU, a reinforced friendship," the High Representative said.

Ministers also held very consensual discussions to prepare the Eastern Partnership summit in November. In addition, ministers will have in June a joint session with the foreign ministers of the six Eastern Partnership countries: Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Ministers also discussed recent progress on the European security and defence agenda.

"There was a large, consensual support to the ongoing work we are doing on defence and security that I believe it will be reflected in the conclusions we will discuss with the defence ministers later this week," Mogherini said, adding she expects the Council on Thursday also to adopt conclusions.