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Ministers of Foreign Affairs from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and from the European Union are in Brussels to discuss common priorities and challenges. "Building bridges and strengthening our partnership to face global challenges" is the theme of the meeting.

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The 25th EU-Japan Summit took place on 17 July in Tokyo. At the summit, leaders signed two landmark agreements, the Strategic Partnership Agreement and the Economic Partnership Agreement, which will significantly boost bilateral relations.

EU deplores ongoing violence in Nicaragua and calls for peaceful and democratic solution

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At the 25th EU-Japan summit held in Tokyo, leaders reaffirmed their resolve to work together for the rules-based international order and to promote a free and fair global economy. The summit has been an opportunity to sign the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA).

The EU stands for free and fair trade. And in a world where global trade accounts for 50% of GDP, we want to
continue to look outwards, rather than turning towards isolationism. The EU is open for business.

The EU-Japan strategic partnership is based upon longstanding cooperation and shared fundamental values and principles such as democracy, the rule of law, human rights, good governance and a market-based economy. Japan is a longstanding partner, one of the EU’s closest and most like-minded allies in Asia. EU–Japan relations have developed steadily, extending from trade and investment to a wide range of dialogue and cooperation in other areas, from close political cooperation to a broad range of sectoral relations. Security is a key area where the EU and Japan have been strengthening their cooperation.

The relationship between the European Union and Japan is based upon longstanding cooperation and shared fundamental values and principles such as democracy, the rule of law, human rights, good governance and a market-based economy, benefits to citizens in Europe and Japan.

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