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Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of European Commission met today with Kuwaiti Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalid Al-Jarallah to exchange views on the situation in the region in particular in Iraq and Syria.

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Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of European Commission met today with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

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Multiple bombings targeted Saudi Arabia on Monday, as the kingdom marked the final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Among those, Medina, one of the holiest places of Islam, was hit by a suicide attack close to the Prophet Mohammad's mosque.

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"The murder of a large number of residents of al-Baghdadi town in western Iraq, who are reported to have been burned alive, is further evidence of the denial by Da'esh's of human life and dignity.

Our thoughts go to the families of the victims of this act of terrorism.

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The murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh constitutes the latest illustration of the denial by Da'esh of the most elementary human values and rights. Our thoughts are with the family of Moaz al-Kasasbeh and with the people of Jordan.

We remain determined to mobilise all means at our disposal to fight terrorism, and we are working in these very hours to finalise our set of measures.

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Saudi activist Mr. Raef Badawi was submitted to public lashing today in Jeddah, as part of the sentence condemning him to 10 years of imprisonment and 1000 lashes last September.

Corporal punishment is unacceptable and contrary to human dignity. As we recently commemorated the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatments or punishments, the EU reiterates its strong objection to any such treatment or punishment.

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Today's explosion outside the Police Academy in Sana'a is the latest of a series of terrorist attacks aimed at destabilising Yemen's transition. Our thoughts and sympathy go to the dozens of victims of today's blast and to their families, as well as to those of the attacks that hit Dhammar on 3 January and Ibb on 31 December.

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Providing a link to the full cooperation agreement between the European Union and the Cooperation Council for Arab States of the Gulf (GCC). 

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