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Ambassadors, ladies and gentlemen,


1.  The 2021 geopolitical landscape

I am pleased to speak to you today about the role of the EU on the maintenance of international peace and security.

We live in a world where the demand for multilateral solutions is greater than the supply. We see more divisions, more free-riding and more distrust than the world can afford. 

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Let us speak in Spanish because I am sure that most of the people who are interested in this issue are Spanish. And in any case, the ones who have been asking for this debate most of them speak Spanish. And for time to time, it is good for me to speak in Spanish.


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Ms President, dear Members of the European Parliament,

Afghanistan is another place where there is not a lot of room for optimism. But even if there is no room for optimism, we have to continue being engaged in a country where a lot of civilian casualties have been happening and 40% of these casualties are women or children.

Visiting Brussels on 4 June 2021, His Excellency Mr Kais Saied, the President of the Republic of Tunisia, held talks with His Excellency Mr Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, Her Excellency Ms Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission and His Excellency Mr David Maria Sassoli, the President of the European Parliament. These meetings provided an opportunity to underline the depth of historical ties between the European Union and Tunisia dating back almost half a century in a spirit of constantly evolving strategic partnership.