Mogherini starts official visit to Asia and Oceania

Federica Mogherini

European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini starts on 3 August an official visit to several countries in Asia and Oceania, the EU press service reported. She will travel to Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia.

In Singapore on 3-4 August, Mogherini will co-chair the annual Post-Ministerial Conference between the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), just three months after EU Foreign Ministers decided to enhance EU security cooperation in and with Asia. She will also represent the EU in the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), where discussions are expected to focus on regional and global challenges, including maritime security, nuclear proliferation, climate change, and disaster management.

While in Singapore, Mogherini will deliver a public lecture on The European Union as a global actor and will have a number of bilateral meetings with ministers from both Singapore, including PM Lee Hsien Loong, and other ARF members.

After Singapore Mogherini will visit South Korea on 5-6 August for meetings, inter alia, with PM Lee Nak-yeon, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, and Minister of Unification Cho Myung-gyun. During her meetings she will stress that the EU continues to work towards the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, in full coordination with the Korean government and other international partners, as well as for long-lasting peace and reconciliation.

Finally, Mogherini will travel to Wellington on 7 August and to Sydney on 8 August.

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