The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union.
We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the confirmed poisoning of Alexei Navalny.
We strongly condemn the unabating arbitrary and unexplained arrests and detentions on political grounds in Belarus that have been taking place since the start of the pre-presidential election campaign. Most recently, Maria Kalesnikova, Andrei Yahorau, Irina Sukhiy, Anton Radniankou, and Ivan Krautsou have all been targeted, while 633 people were detained following Sunday’s peaceful Unity March.
Key elements of the joint statement issued on behalf of 53 ASEM partners:
• Recognition that combating the COVID-19 pandemic needs concerted international cooperation, with transparent and timely sharing of accurate information.
• Agreement that government measures in response to the pandemic “should protect and not undermine human rights”, avoid stigmatisation and protect those in vulnerable situations.
• Acknowledgement that tackling the pandemic requires international cooperation to accelerate the development and delivery of vaccines, diagnostics and treatments, which is considered a “global public good for health”.
• Welcoming the adoption of the 73rd World Health Assembly Resolution on COVID-19 in its entirety. This resolution includes the need to evaluate lessons learned from the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Keep disruption to international trade to the minimum while observing public health and safety considerations.
• Commitment to a sustainable post-COVID-19 socio-economic recovery, based on the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“The virus does not distinguish between continents, borders, nationalities or ethnicities”. In the first ministerial statement on COVID-19 embracing the two continents, Foreign Ministers from Asia and Europe stress the transboundary nature of the pandemic and the interconnectedness between their countries. Those in vulnerable situations must be protected, including tackling violence against women and children. The pandemic should not be allowed to increase stigmatization, nor worsen existing inequality.
We are pleased to inform you of this forthcoming workshop which will provide an opportunity for European and Japanese industries and stakeholders to present their viewpoints to public authorities in charge of digital policy in the EU and in Japan.
04/09/2020 - On Tuesday, I visited Libya, meeting the authorities of the war-torn country. Shortly after the ceasefire understanding announced on 21 August, the aim of the visit was to explore further support the EU can provide to implement this ceasefire and help resolve the Libyan conflict. There is a glimmer of hope that we need to build on.