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            Washington, 4 January 2019

 

The Honorable Charles E. Schumer

Minority Leader

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

 

Dear Leader Schumer,

As Ambassadors to the United States representing Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the European Union, we welcome the recent action by the US Department of Treasury in submitting to Congress its report on the proposed delisting of RUSAL and EN+.

The European Union Delegation to the United States welcomes yesterday's U.S. Department of Treasury notification to Congress of its intention to terminate the sanctions imposed on RUSAL and EN+. As Secretary Mnuchin has indicated, these companies were sanctioned because of their ownership and control by Oleg Deripaska, not for the conduct of the companies themselves. Based on yesterday's announcement, Mr. Deripaska's ownership of the companies will be significantly diminished and he will no longer maintain control over them.

Migration is a global challenge that requires a global response. On the occasion of the International Migrants Day, with over 258 million migrants worldwide, the European Union confirms its commitment to contribute to managing migration in a humane way. Through its partnership approach the EU works with countries of origin, transit and destination as well as international organisations to save lives, assist migrants and refugees, ensure the respect of their human rights as well as fight smugglers and traffickers.

The candidacy of Ms Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle for the post of Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, was submitted in Rome on Monday 17 December 2018. The next Director General will be elected by the 194 Member States of the Organisation during its 41st Conference in June 2019. Ms Geslain-Lanéelle from France was identified as the EU candidate by the Council of the European Union on 15 October 2018.

On this day, 70 years ago, the Member States of the United Nations came together to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This step brought the world together after the greatest tragedy in human history. We have come a long way since then.

Former US President George H. W. Bush was one of the statesmen to have made the United States more than just an ally in the world: a point of reference, a friend.

He will be remembered for the key role he played in international affairs, helping to end the Cold War, reducing the nuclear threat in Europe, and contributing to forge a rules based system.

My thoughts are with his family, friends and the people of the United States.

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