Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and Maldives


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On the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, paid an official visit to the Maldives on 8 August 2019.


With European prosperity and Asian peace and security closely connected, the European Union has decided to strengthen its security cooperation in and with Asia. This is also in line with the steps taken by the EU in the past years to strengthen its role as a global security provider.

The Delegation of the European Union (EU) issues the following statement in agreement with the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and the UK High Commission.

As we mark the International Criminal Justice Day, the European Union reaffirms its longstanding support towards the international criminal justice system and in particular its unwavering commitment to the International Criminal Court (ICC), as part of the EU's wider commitment to a rules-based international order.

The Council today adopted conclusions on the EU's priorities at the 74th UN General Assembly(September 2019 – September 2020). These conclusions complements the Council conclusions on strengthening multilateralism which were adopted on 17 June 2019.

The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka held on 15 July an informal counterterrorism dialogue.

The European Union's (EU) Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Mr Gilles de Kerchove, visited the Maldives from 13-14 July 2019.