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The EU together with Somali authorities and international key partners is engaged in Somalia through an integrated approach based on active diplomacy, support for political change, improving security, development assistance and humanitarian aid.

The European Union and Kenya share a deep and historic partnership. Today, the EU is the biggest market in the world for Kenya’s exports. It is also a major partner to support regional security, investment in Kenya’s economy and in development cooperation.

Ethiopia has been a key partner for the European Union, with a long-standing partnership dating back over 40 years. In 2016, the EU and Ethiopia signed a “Strategic Engagement”, committing both sides to close cooperation in areas ranging from regional peace and security, to trade and investment, and including migration and forced displacement.

The European Union is a primary international partner of Djibouti, proving support through grant aid to improve access to water, sanitation, resilience and food security. Promoting peace and security in the region is also central to European involvement, as Djibouti is the EU’s logistics base for its anti-piracy operation, Operation Atalanta.

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I would like to start by thanking the Minister [of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay, Canciller Rodolfo Nin Novoa], my friend, the President [of Uruguay] Tabaré Vázquez and all the Ministers and officials of all the countries that are part of the group for the hospitality, the good organisation of this meeting and, most of all, for the good will in this meeting and a very constructive and frank discussion that led to some concrete operational decisions, as you have heard. 

Conscious of the severity of the current crisis in Venezuela and its impact in the region and deeply concerned by the plight of its people, the International Contact Group (ICG) on Venezuela  held its first meeting in Montevideo on 7 February 2019. 

The ICG aims to forge a common international approach to support a peaceful, political, democratic and Venezuelan owned resolution to the crisis, excluding the use of force, through free, transparent and credible presidential elections, in accordance with the Venezuelan Constitution.  


First, I would like to thank President Tabaré Vázquez for kindly hosting the first meeting of the International Contact Group, as well as the representatives of Germany, Bolivia, Costa Rica, France, Ecuador, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Sweden for joining us in this initiative.

1-2019 Call for Contributions for the European Union Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya) - Deadline for Applications: Friday 1 March 2019 at 17:00 hours (Brussels time) - Late applications will not be accepted.

Statement by the Spokesperson following the election of Mr Nayib Bukele as future President of the Republic of El Salvador


The European Union and Azerbaijan held consultations on justice, freedom, security and human rights and democracy