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Un an après notre Sommet [Union africaine-Union européenne] d’Abidjan, nous nous retrouvons encore tous ensemble et démontrons à nouveau l’importance que nous accordons à notre partenariat et notre détermination à rapprocher nos deux continents.

Europe and Africa are each other’s closest neighbours. What happens in Africa matters in Europe, and vice versa. As equal
partners with mutual interests we are working together to tackle today’s challenges from investing in youth, fostering
sustainable development and strengthening peace and security to boosting investment on the African continent,
good governance and better managing migration: a partnership that works on the basis of reciprocal commitments.

We, the Foreign Ministers of Member States of the European Union and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, the Foreign Ministers of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), gathered on 21 January 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, at the 22nd EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting.

The Council added eleven prominent businessmen and five entities to the list of those subject to restrictive measures against the Syrian regime and its supporters. These businessmen and companies are involved in luxury estate development and other regime-backed projects, and as such support and/or benefit from the Syrian regime.

The Council imposed today sanctions on nine persons and one entity under the new regime of restrictive measures against the use and proliferation of chemical weapons created on 15 October 2018.

The Council welcomes the outcome of the EU-ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting in Brussels on 19 October 2018. The European Union has a genuine strategic interest in strengthening its relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Council is determined to deepen relations in 2019 and underlines its support for ASEAN regional integration.

The Council adopted conclusions on the situation in Nicaragua. Since April 2018, demonstrations in Nicaragua have been brutally repressed by security forces and pro-government armed groups leading to clashes, several hundreds dead and injured, and the arrest of hundreds of citizens, with widespread irregularities and arbitrariness in detention and judicial procedures.