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The European Union condemns the significant escalation of violence across Afghanistan caused by the intensified attacks of the Taliban, in particular the armed attack on the UNAMA office in Herat province, the attack and subsequent fighting in Lashkar Gah having caused at least 40 civilian casualties, and the most recent attack targeting the Kabul residence of Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi which killed eight and wounded at least 20 people. The EU calls for an urgent, comprehensive and permanent ceasefire to give peace a chance.

On 4 August, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell took part alongside the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, in the “Conference in support of the Lebanese people”, hosted by President of France Emmanuel Macron and the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed.

South-west Syria is seeing the worst and deadliest violence since 2018. Heavy shelling has killed dozens of civilians including women and children and 10,000 people have been displaced. The Daraa National Hospital, serving 50,000 people, was hit by mortars. There is a severe risk of escalation throughout Daraa province and beyond.

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The European Union welcomes the appointment of the ASEAN Special Envoy on Myanmar, Brunei’s Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof. We support ASEAN’s efforts in finding a peaceful solution to the current crisis and stress the need to implement quickly and faithfully the five-point consensus adopted by ASEAN Leaders at their summit on 24 April 2021.

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High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell announced the appointments of 11 new Heads of Delegations of the European Union, who will take up their duties as of 1 September:

Thomas ECKERT has been appointed as Head of Delegation of the European Union to Algeria. He is currently Senior Expert in the Cabinet of European Commissioner Elisa Ferreira. He also served as Head of the Political Affairs Directorate in the German Permanent Representation to the European Union.

On 4 August 2020, a devastating explosion at the Beirut port caused more than 200 deaths, thousands of wounded and widespread damage to homes and businesses. The European Union swiftly provided substantial assistance to address the immediate needs and consequences of the blast as well as to support a recovery from the explosion.

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03/08/2021 - HR/VP Blog – Last week, I directed a seminar in the city of Santander in Spain about how to build a geopolitical Europe. We engaged together with policy makers, think tankers and academics on the most pressing global issues and the challenges they cause to the European Union.

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