Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the 30th Ordinary Session of the Arab League Summit

On 31 March 2019, High Representative Federica Mogherini gave a speech at the 30th Ordinary Session of the Arab League Summit that occurred in Tunis, Tunisia, calling for a broader cooperation between Arab and European countries.

High Representative Federica Mogherini first welcomed the growing cooperation between the Arab League and the European Union by reminding that this is the third time in 2019 that heads of government or countries from both sides met after the ministerial meeting in Brussels and  Sharm El Sheikh in February.

She calls for a broader cooperation between the Arab league and the EU as a necessity to respond to the current crises in the Middle East, notably Yemen. Ms. Mogherini acknowledges the efforts achieved by the Arab and the European countries to support the United Nations (UN) work, which needs to be maintained “to make sure that the Stockholm Agreement is translated into actions and the war comes finally to an end.”

An example of such joint efforts is the mission on Yemeni women’s role in the peacebuilding process carried out by the European External Affairs Service (EEAS) in Cairo last February. The mission gathered the principal Yemeni women’s networks from North and South such as the Yemeni Women’s Pact for Peace and Security, the Women Solidarity Network, Women for Yemen and UN’s Women Advisory Group. Together, they have discussed initiatives to address social and political issues contributing to the peace process and the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement.

The European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR) welcomes the growing cooperation between Arab and European countries to address the human rights situation and the peace building process in Yemen, in the hope that a definitive peace solution can be achieved in the near future.

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