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At the 9th high level meeting between the Commissions of the European Union and the African Union, both sides have adopted today concrete actions measures to address pressing global issues in key areas such as peace and security, migration, job creation and agriculture.

The EU's comprehensive response to migration and working together with its partners show results. With EU support, the International Organisation for Migration have returned 6, 185 people in 2018 alone and the AU-EU-UN Joint Taskforce works with the Libyan authorities to stop the detention of migrants. Cooperation with partners in the Sahel is being enhanced to tackle migrant smuggling and human trafficking networks.

As a destructive mood dominates world politics, the EU stands firmly by rationality, calm, predictability, respect and dialogue, seeking solutions based on the humble art of compromise and looking for solutions where everybody's interests can find their own place. The European Union is today the point of reference for all those that are investing in peace, multilateralism, free and fair trade, sustainable development, the fight against climate change, human rights and democracy, social economy – in a rules based global order, EU High Representative Mogherini said in a speech on the State of the Union in Florence on Friday.

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Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the joint press conference following the 4th meeting of the Libya Quartet

Representatives of the European Union and the International Organization for Migration (IOM, the UN migration agency) met in Brussels today to discuss the way forward on some of the most pressing issues linked to migration, including managing migration flows, better protection of vulnerable migrants, the UN Global Compact on Migration, cooperation on forced displacement and development, and on return and reintegration of migrants.

At the EU-Turkey Leader’s Meeting in Varna, Bulgaria on 26 March, the European Union reconfirmed its readiness to keep up the dialogue with Turkey and to work together to overcome current difficulties with a view to unleashing the potential of EU-Turkey partnership.

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During her meeting with Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), High Representative Federica Mogherini announced €82 million in funding for UNRWA. The money was made available in a sped-up procedure and will provide access to education for 500,000 children, primary health care for more than 3.5 million patients and assistance to over 250,000 vulnerable refugees. "Preserving UNRWA is not just a matter of humanity. It is also our strategic interest. The situation in the Middle East is extremely volatile and we can't afford even greater destabilisation", High Representative Mogherini said in her speech at the Ministerial Conference on UNRWA.

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