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The European Union (EU) and Japan concluded today in Brussels their seventh round of negotiations toward a Strategic Partnership Agreement. The three-day discussions were constructive and detailed.

The EU side was headed by Julian Wilson, head of the Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand Division at the European External Action Service, while Keiichi Hara, director of the European Policy Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led the Japanese side.

"Avec l’attaque qui frappe Tunis aujourd'hui, les organisations terroristes visent une fois de plus les pays et peuples de la région méditerranéenne.

Cela renforce notre détermination à coopérer plus étroitement avec nos partenaires pour faire face à la menace terroriste. Ce défi commun a fait partie des discussions que j'ai eues hier  encore, à Bruxelles, avec le Ministre des affaires étrangères Taieb Baccouche.

The death of two Dutch peacekeepers from the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in northern Mali, , extends the long list of those who sacrificed their lives for the return of peace in the country. 
On this occasion, I extend my deepest condolences to the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and to the families of the two peacekeepers, who lost their lives in this tragic accident.


Yesterday Cecil Clayton was executed by the US State of Missouri despite evidence indicating that his mental capacities were seriously damaged. This follows several other executions of mentally impaired persons in the United States. These executions are contrary to international human rights law.


Yesterday, the Israeli people voted in general elections. I congratulate Benyamin Netanyahu for his victory. I look forward to the formation of a new government.

The EU is committed to working with the incoming Israeli government on a mutually beneficial relationship as well as on the re-launch of the peace process.


Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs/Vice-President of the European Commission, spoke to Benjamin Netanyahu tonight to congratulate him for the result achieved in the Israeli general elections. In the phone-call she confirmed the readiness of the EU to work with the new Israeli government on the mutually beneficial bilateral relationship as well as the peaceful resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.


At least 39 people have been executed in Pakistan since December 2014, when the government lifted a moratorium on executions in place since 2008. This includes 12 convicts this morning. Contrary to the Government of Pakistan's stated policy that only clearly identified terrorists would be executed, convicts not sentenced on terrorist charges are now being executed.

The signature by the Russian Federation of a so-called “Treaty on Alliance and Integration” with Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia announced for 18 March will be yet another step that goes against ongoing efforts to strengthen security and stability in the region.

Furthermore, the signature of this document on the very day of the 31st round of Geneva International Discussions creates circumstances that do not foster a constructive climate for efforts to improve the security and humanitarian situation on the ground.