Foreign Affairs Council: Remarks by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the press conference

19 Oct: Foreign Affairs Council: Remarks by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the press conference

(Source: EEAS)

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Good afternoon,

It has been a long day, a long meeting, a lot of discussions. Because we had several points on the current affairs.

First, we discussed about [the] Gulf. I just came back from the Gulf, we have been there a couple of weeks ago. It was clear for me, and it has been also clear for the colleagues during the discussions that the European Union is quite absent from the region. I got this message during my visit. The Gulf wants an increased European Union presence and we have a strategic interest to engage with them. They play a key role on foreign policy issues. For example, if you want to engage with Afghanistan, you better go to Qatar.

Secondly, we need to actively support and accompany the positive momentum in the region, in areas that can build confidence and contribute to the global agenda, not only green …