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The visit of President Mahmoud Abbas was an opportunity for President Jean-Claude Juncker and myself to re-state EU's support for a two-state solution with an independent, democratic, viable State of Palestine living side-by-side with Israel and its other neighbours in peace and security.


La visite du président Mahmoud Abbas a été l’occasion pour le président Jean-Claude Juncker et moi‑même de réaffirmer le soutien de l’UE à une solution fondée sur la coexistence de deux États, qui permettrait à un État palestinien indépendant, démocratique et viable d’exister aux côtés d’Israël et de ses autres voisins, dans un climat de paix et de sécurité.


I met today in Brussels with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić and Prime Minister Isa Mustafa to resume the high level dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina for the normalisation of relations. 

The two Prime Ministers finalized the agreement on justice and judiciary in Kosovo, thereby closing a critical chapter of the implementation of the Brussels Agreement that will substantially improve lives of people on the ground. I commend Isa Mustafa and Aleksandar Vučić for this achievement.


J'ai rencontré aujourd'hui à Bruxelles les Premiers ministres Aleksandar Vučić et Isa Mustafa afin de reprendre le dialogue à haut niveau en vue de la normalisation des relations entre Belgrade et Pristina.

Les deux Premiers ministres ont finalisé l'accord sur la justice et le système judiciaire au Kosovo, bouclant ainsi un chapitre crucial pour la mise en œuvre de l'accord de Bruxelles qui améliorera considérablement les conditions de vie de la population. Je les félicite pour cette avancée.


"The beheading of eight Bedouins by terrorists in the Northern Sinai region of Egypt is a demonstration of their denial to dignity and human life.

Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and the people of Egypt.

The EU stands by Egypt and all countries exposed to terrorism and is determined to work with its regional and international partners to tackle this common challenge that endangers lives and threatens  global stability."


La décapitation de huit Bédouins par des terroristes dans la région égyptienne du nord du Sinaï montre que ces derniers n'ont aucun respect pour la dignité et la vie humaines.

Nos pensées vont aux familles des victimes et à la population égyptienne.


We cannot allow other tragedies at sea in the coming weeks and months; we need to be able to give a strong political and operational response. As I have announced today during the College in Strasbourg, I will convene an extraordinary meeting of the Commissioners' Group on External Action in the coming days in order to discuss with the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, a review of our policies. I've also decided to put a discussion on migration on the agenda of the Foreign Affairs Council soon.


Despite not being a formal point on Foreign Affairs Council, there was substantial discussion by 28 EU foreign ministers on recent diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine when they met on Monday 9 February. They also agreed to step up efforts to counter terrorism, in particular in the Mediterranean, Middle East, North Africa, the Gulf and the Sahel. The meeting also had a strong Africa focus, with conclusions on Nigeria's elections, Mali, Central Africa Republic and Boko Haram being adopted.