Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand

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High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini met with the delegation of the Syrian Negotiation Commission

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The European Union remains committed to support the full and effective implementation of the nuclear deal, said the High Representative Federica Mogherini following an EU/E3 and Iran meeting today on the implementation of the JCPOA attended by the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, United Kingdom and Iran.

Today, the European Union takes over the chairmanship of the Kimberley Process, aimed to ensure sustainable and conflict-free trade in diamonds. Under the leadership of High Representative Vice President Federica Mogherini, the EU will head this international initiative to stem the trade in conflict diamonds during 2018.

The EU welcomes the adoption by the UN Security Council of Resolution 2393 which renews the authorization of the cross-border humanitarian operations into Syria. These are desperately needed by 3 million people who still cannot be reached by any other means.

The EU joins call for Japan to end lethal research whaling. The EU reaffirms its opposition to commercial whaling and its support to the global moratorium on whaling in place for over 30 years

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The Council of the EU today approved the establishment of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in the field of defence with the 25 participating Member States expressing their intention to prepare 17 initial projects for cooperation, selected from a list of 50. The projects cover areas such as training, capability development and operational readiness in the field of defence. They include for example a European Medical Command, facilitation of military mobility, a rapidly deployable Crisis Response Operation Core and Cyber Rapid Response Teams.