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06/11/20 - HR/VP blog – Last Tuesday we held the 5th EU-Pakistan strategic dialogue. With the prolonged and worsening COVID-19 crisis, the fight against terrorism and radicalisation, and the growing international tensions in the region and worldwide, it is more important than ever for the EU to deepen its ties with a country like Pakistan.

The Council today decided to add eight members of the Syrian regime to the list of persons subject to EU restrictive measures on Syria, in light of their recent ministerial appointments. This decision brings to 288 the total number of persons targeted by a travel ban and an asset freeze. 70 entities are also subject to an asset freeze.

The Council today added 15 members of the Belarusian authorities, including Alexandr Lukashenko as well as his son and National Security Adviser Viktor Lukashenko, to the list of individuals sanctioned in relation to the violent repression and intimidation of peaceful demonstrators, opposition members and journalists after the 2020 presidential election in Belarus.

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The Council today adopted a decision extending for one year, until 12 November 2021, the existing framework for restrictive measures in response to Turkey's unauthorised drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Today the European Union and Mexico held their first High Level Dialogue on Multilateral Issues.

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The European Union takes note of the resignation of the President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, and welcomes the fact that he has agreed to cooperate with the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office.

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The Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) is a framework for deeper defence cooperation among its 25 participating Member States. It allows Member States to develop defence capabilities and be ready to deploy them together.

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The fourth High-Level Political Dialogue between the European Union and Papua New Guinea under the EU-ACP Partnership Agreement (Cotonou Agreement) was held by videoconference on 5 November 2020. Discussions covered political, economic and social developments, including the Covid-19 impact, as well as the EU-Papua New Guinea relationship with a focus on democracy and human rights and Bougainville after the referendum.

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