EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini started on Monday 20 May a three-day tour to the countries of the Horn of Africa.
Earlier in the day, she arrived in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu, where she met with the country’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, visited troops of EU Training Mission in Somalia and EUCAP Somalia personnel.
The High Representative will then move to Kenya, where she is due to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta and members of the government.
She will also meet with youth and civil society groups and inaugurate the new EU Delegation offices in Nairobi.
After that, Mrs. Mogherini will travel to Djibouti and Ethiopia. In Djibouti, she will meet with President Ismail Omar Guelleh, Foreign and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Executive Secretary Mahboub Maalim. After Djibouti, she will travel back to Brussels.
The EU is working actively to strengthen its partnership with the region which shares many common interests with the European Union, from tackling climate change to boosting investment, to better managing migration and creating opportunities for youth.
The EU is a key partner for the region in many areas, in particular security with the three Common Security and Defence Policy missions: EUNAVFOR Atalanta a maritime mission which fights piracy off the Somali coast, EUTM Somalia and EUCAP Somalia. The EU is also a key supporter of Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the regional body in the Horn of Africa.