Foreign ministers of the European Union and the African Union discussed three main themes:
- political aspects: peace, security and governance
- economic aspects: trade, investment, and economic integration
- multilateralism: strengthening cooperation in support of a rules-based global order
They adopted a joint communiqué:
This meeting confirms our common determination to build on our partnership and move towards an even stronger, deeper and more political partnership and friendship between both continents. A partnership that we all, Africans and Europeans alike, see as our shared and vital interest. This is a partnership that works, first of all, and it works because we are both committed to it.
Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
The objective in Abidjan during the 5th EU-AU summit was to renew the strength of the partnership between the two Unions and to help maintain the momentum. We are happy that today has set us on a path towards a renewed partnership among equals facing a challenging world in a coordinated way.
Richard Sezibera, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Rwanda
The EU-AU ministerial meeting was the first annual inter-Summit EU-AU ministerial meeting. It was an opportunity to take stock of the implementation of the outcome of the 5th AU – EU Summit (Abidjan, 29-30 November 2017), which marked a mile stone in reshaping the partnership into an even stronger, mutually beneficial partnership better adapted to a rapidly evolving global context.
It was co-chaired by High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Rwanda Richard Sezibera.