The 6th meeting of the High Level Political Dialogue between Brazil and the European Union (EU) took place in Brasilia on November 19th, 2019. The delegations had an open and constructive exchange on a wide range of subjects, including the evolution of bilateral relations and their strategic partnership. Priorities for the new Brazilian Government as well as perspectives for the new European Commission have been discussed, alongside with global and regional issues. Both parties have reaffirmed their commitment to the EU-MERCOSUR Association Agreement.
The protests in several Iranian cities over the past days have, according to reports, led to serious loss of life and left many people injured. We convey our condolences to the families of victims and wish a speedy recovery to those injured.
On 19 November 2019, in Brussels, the European Union and Costa Rica held their third High Level Dialogue to strengthen the two parties' political dialogue and cooperation, as well as to discuss their bilateral relations and current international policy. The meeting helped identify points of convergence and promote joint action in regional and multilateral fora.
The detention of more than 13 Nicaraguans on 14-15 November in connection with their support to hunger strikers gathered at the Church of San Miguel in the city of Masaya, as well as the siege of the church by police forces, represent an infringement against the fundamental rights of Nicaraguan citizens. This is a serious setback to the political process that conveys a negative signal about the willingness of the government to work towards a peaceful and democratic way out of the crisis.
The Prime Minister of the Government of Republic of Yemen, Dr. Muin Abdel Malik, returned yesterday to Aden, the country’s interim capital. This constitutes an essential first step in implementing the Riyadh Agreement signed between the Government of Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council. The presence of the Government in Yemen is a key development. The European Union expects all stakeholders to abide to the terms of the Agreement and display sincere collaboration on the ground to ensure its smooth and timely implementation.
Millions of young people have spread the message of children’s rights in the run-up to the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - thanks to a joint campaign by the European Union and UNICEF.