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High Representative Mogherini welcomes outcome of G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini today welcomed the outcome of the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Lucca.

“We adopted common positions on all the main international issues in line with EU policies,” she said after two days of intensive talks, covering Syria, the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the Middle East Peace Process, and security in Asia, Iran, Africa, Iraq and Libya. Thematic topics discussed included migration, maritime security, non-proliferation and disarmament, counter terrorism, climate change, peace and security in the framework of the United Nations, and cyber security.

Following last week’s Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, organised and hosted by Mogherini, and the chemical weapons attack in Idlib, G7 foreign ministers also discussed the Syria crisis with their counterparts from a number of countries in the region, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Qatar.

Whilst in Lucca, the High Representative had several bilateral meetings and took part in a wreath-laying ceremony with Italian Foreign minister Alfano and US Secretary of State Tillerson in honour of the victims of the 1944 massacre in Sant’Anna di Stazzema.

The EU Global Strategy guides the EU's Foreign and Security Policy and sets out the Union's aims and principles for engaging the world. You can find out more here.

German Institute for International and Security Affairs - Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)

EU security policy seminar in Stockholm

A seminar on EU security policy took place in Stockholm on 7 February. Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström as well as Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service Christian Leffler gave introductory remarks.

The seminar explored priorities as set out in the EU Global Strategy, including recognizing the growing internal-external nexus, the importance of global governance on issues such as terrorism and climate security (also in the Arctic), as well as the need to strengthen EU-NATO cooperation.

To see the full discussion (in Swedish), see here.


EU an indispensable global power, Mogherini tells Munich Security Conference

"The European Union will remain a stable, reliable, predictable partner for many and for security in the sense of a collective security based on cooperation", High Representative Federica Mogherini said at the 53rd Munich Security Conference.

In times of "predictable unpredictability", the EU Global Strategy sets out a rules-based global order as a key interest of the European Union. This can be best achieved by engaging with other actors and creating stable partnerships, including maintaining the Security of our Union with partners such as NATO.

See here for HRVP Mogherini's full speech, and here for the video.


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