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Ms President, Honourable Members of the European Parliament,

As many of you have said -and your resolution also points out-, it is important to underline that Chad plays an important role in the fight against terrorism, within the G5 Sahel group [Joint Forces] and we need to preserve the territorial integrity and stability of Chad, in the fragile security context of the region.

On the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, we underline the central value of cultural diversity for the European Union. Europe is unthinkable without its cultural richness, and our societies are all the more vibrant because of it. The European Union is committed to preserving and promoting culture, and making it accessible to all, both in the EU and globally. The EU continues to promote mutual understanding among cultures, including as part of reconciliation and integration efforts, and to ensure that fundamental freedoms and human rights are upheld. Our culture, our history, and the lessons we draw from it, should serve as a source of inspiration for building a just and peaceful future.

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