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High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini is travelling today on an official visit to countries in the Horn of Africa region from 20 to 22 May.

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.

On the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, we pay tribute to the essential role of cultural diversity in Europe and around the world for fostering dialogue, respect, and contributing to sustainable development and growth. Europe is a continent of cultural diversity. Our societies, institutions and laws are the outcome of centuries of exchanges of ideas, values, traditions and memories.

The third ministerial meeting of the International Contact Group (ICG) held in San José on 6-7 May agreed to step up its political and diplomatic engagement towards a negotiated political process leading to free and fair presidential elections, in accordance with the Venezuelan Constitution.
 
In this regard, a political mission composed by representatives of the External Action Service, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Uruguay, travelled to Venezuela on 16 and 17 May for meetings with all national relevant actors.
 

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