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EU Foreign Affairs Chief Federica Mogherini visits Saudi Arabia

Mogherini visited Saudi Arabia on Monday, where she met several officials including the country's new foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir

June 03rd, 2016

EU High Representative-Vice-President Federica Mogherini today met Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, with whom she discussed EU-Saudi cooperation in many fields, including the crises in Syria and Yemen, human rights, counterterrorism and trade.

Earlier on Monday, Mogherini met the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, with whom she discussed the scope for mutually beneficial cooperation on issues with a regional dimension. During a two-day visit to Jeddah, she will also meet representatives of Saudi women and the Saudi business community, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

During her visit she spent two days engaged in political meetings and had a rendez-vous with a group of women working in Saudi Arabia's politics, business and media sectors. The visit happened just a few days before the beginning of Ramadan, when millions of worshippers will gather at the nearby city of Mecca. She reported on her personal website the long conversation she had with the Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel al Jubeir, affirming that they strongly agreed on the need to reinforce bilateral cooperation on the economy, working together against terrorism and on other current crises, with particular reference to Syria, Yemen and Libya as the most alarming cases. They also decided to keep an open channel for dialogue on some of the issues that the European Union pays particlar attention to, including human rights, anti-radicalisation policies and the promotion of rights and opportunities for women. 

Mogherini also wished to point out the efforts made by many Saudi women in promoting Gender Equality in their country. In fact, during a meeting at the Jeddah’s Chamber of Commerce, with Vice-president Lama Suleiman, she highlighted the important role of women who are fighting for their rights worldwide, claiming that they can represent the drivers of change inside societies, not only in Saudi Arabia, but also across the world. 

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Jessica Sama, CD-News