European Union External Action

Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the Foreign Affairs Council

Brussels, 11/11/2019 - 10:04, UNIQUE ID: 191111_3

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We will have two days of Council, today with the Foreign Ministers, tomorrow with the Defence Ministers, with a full agenda as usual.

But let me start with two issues that are not on today’s or tomorrow’s agenda. First, we followed yesterday with great concern and we are feeling very close to the Italian authorities and military over the attack in Iraq. We are following developments very closely there.

And secondly, we are following the events in Bolivia. I would like to express clearly our wish that all parties in the country exercise restraint and responsibility and lead the country peacefully and quietly to new, credible elections that let the people of Bolivia express their democratic will.

Today, with the Foreign Ministers we will address first and foremost the situation in Afghanistan after the elections and discuss how we can contribute to peace, reconciliation, but also development in the country.

We will also have a discussion with the Ministers on the security situation in the Gulf, looking in particular at the European Union contribution to de-escalate tensions.

And we will host the Prime Minister of Sudan [Abdalla Hamdok], for a discussion with him on how the European Union can best accompany the peace process and the recovery of the country.

With the Defence Ministers tomorrow, we will address our missions and operations, as usual, but also a new wave of PESCO [Permanent Structured Cooperation] projects and as usual the European Union- NATO cooperation.

As you see, it is a very full agenda. I will meet you later today and then tomorrow as well for updates on what the Ministers will decide.

Q: On the latest developments concerning the implementation of the nuclear deal with Iran.

As I mentioned, the discussions today will focus mainly on the security situation in the broader region of the Gulf. Obviously, we will also address the new developments on the implementation of the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] – in particular, with regards to the reports of the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency].

Q: On ISIS fighters being brought back to Europe.

That is not on the agenda for today. I will meet you later, thank you.

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