Africa has become a priority for the EU, Mogherini says

‘Development projects to prevent radicalisation’

01 December, 14:00

     ROME - For the first time ever "the European Union has accepted that Africa is a priority," said the high representative for foreign policy Federica Mogherini on Friday at Med Dialogues in Rome.

    "Preventing exposure to poverty and radicalisation and protecting human rights" are the challenges facing the EU, Mogherini said.

    She cited training for security forces in the Sahel, which "have to manage areas that are difficult to monitor on our behalf".

    Other challenges include "targeted development projects for young people" to reduce the risk of them becoming criminals or terrorists, said Mogherini, recalling the progress made on this front at the recent EU-AU summit in Ivory Coast. "Today all over the world people are asking Europe to be a strong partner, because we are recognised as being reliable at a time of uncertainty," the EU foreign policy chief continued.

    The EU is "the leading soft power" providing "global security" and the "largest donor of humanitarian aid".

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