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We have today and tomorrow quite a special day, because we do not only have the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the EU Member States, we also gather here in Brussels today and tomorrow the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of our ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] partners, and as of tonight the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of our partners in the African Union – which makes, I would say, roughly 100 foreign ministers and ministerial delegations gathering in Brussels.
I think this is the most powerful signal of how the European Union is becoming, I would say, a point of reference in partnering globally – for multilateralism, for peace, conflict prevention, crisis management, development, human rights, free trade. Over these two days, you will hear from us - from me personally and from all our colleagues from Europe and across the world - of a series of issues we are working on together in real partnership, as equals, to try and uphold a global agenda in a multilateral system.
In the Foreign Affairs Council this morning specifically - it will be shorter than usual in order to receive our colleagues from Asia - we will discuss with the Ministers our Action Plan against Disinformation, to counter disinformation, in particular in view of the European elections later in May. I will in particular invite the Ministers to complement from a national perspective what we have put in place at European level, and we will discuss together how to implement at best these tools that we have put forward to counter disinformation in the European Union.
We will also have two short sessions to prepare on the one side the Ministerial we will have with the League of Arab States Foreign Ministers at the beginning of February, to prepare also the Summit we will have with the League of Arab States in Egypt at the end of February. Under that point, I am sure we will touch upon some of the regional crises we are facing around the Mediterranean. And we will also have a short point to prepare our Ministerial with ASEAN.
I will meet you twice later today: Once at the end of the morning – at the end of the Foreign Affairs Council – and then I will meet you again at the end of the afternoon after we have finished the session with our Asian colleagues.
Q: Why are you not attending the Middle East Summit that the US and Poland are organising in Warsaw?
I am travelling to the African Union Summit during those days and then around the Summit that is going to be held in Addis Ababa that was planned obviously long ago, I am going to have some other visits in the Horn of Africa. I am afraid I am not in Brussels, not in Europe these days.
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