The focus of discussions will be the main international issues of the day, including the situation in Syria, in light of recent developments and a week after the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, organised and hosted by Mogherini.
Ministers will also discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the Middle East Peace Process, security in Asia, Iran, Africa, Iraq and Libya. Thematic topics for discussion include migration, maritime security, non-proliferation and disarmament, counter terrorism, climate change, peace and security in the framework of the United Nations, and cyber security.
Whilst in Lucca, the High Representative will have several bilateral meetings. At lunchtime, she met Japanese Foreign Minister, Fumio Kishida, with whom she discussed EU-Japan relations as well as the repeated violations of UN Security Council Resolutions by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
This morning, the High Representative was in Sant’Anna di Stazzema, where she took part in a wreath-laying ceremony with the Italian Foreign minister Alfano and the US Secretary of State Tillerson in honour of the victims of the 1944 massacre.