The rescue of some 800 White Helmets and their families from Syria is an important humanitarian gesture. Their lives had been at imminent risk following the recent escalation of violence in south west Syria. The White Helmets, also known as Syria Civil Defence, are a Syrian volunteer organisation dedicated to saving, protecting and helping civilians during the Syrian conflict.
Today, the Commission has confirmed that Kosovo has met the 2 outstanding visa liberalisation requirements on the ratification of the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro and a strengthened track record in the fight against crime and corruption, thus fulfilling all benchmarks set out in the Visa Liberalisation Roadmap.
Dear President [of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed], Margot [Wallstrom, Foreign Minister of Sweden], dear friends, It is a pleasure for me to see so many of us gathered today with commitment to a peaceful and stronger Somalia.
I would first of all convey our appreciation and our thanks to all of you and your delegation for your presence and for your being here, first of all to the President [Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed].
The European Union and Japan leaders met today in Tokyo to reinforce their strategic partnership and sign two landmark agreements: the Strategic Partnership Agreement and the Economic Partnership Agreement, which creates an open trade zone covering over 600 million people and nearly a third of global GDP.