On the eve of the EU-Africa Summit on Migration that is taking place today and tomorrow in Valletta (Malta), the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security has released to Vita International, Afronline and its African independent media partners an exclusive interview in which she stated the need “for Europe and Africa to jointly address common challenges such as migration and security by renewing our partnership.”
I am glad to be in Malta for the Summit today, because you (Malta) are a symbol of a bridge between the EU and Africa. Being an island, you understand very well that you cannot build walls in the sea. So having the summit here (in Malta) gives the real sense of the cooperation we are looking for with our African partners and that we are already building.
After visiting Ukraine, High Representative Federica Mogherini was in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Tuesday. The visit involved meetings with President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Foreign Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. She also met with the Chairman of the Parliament David Usupashvili and leaders of the parliamentary factions, as well as with civil society. Georgia is one of the six partner countries of the Eastern Partnership and signatory of the Association Agreement/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area with the European Union.
Thank you very much. It is really a pleasure for me to be here in Tbilisi for my first official visit. I am afraid I didn't bring the sun from Brussels but still it's wonderful to be welcomed so warmly in this beautiful city, in this beautiful country.