The Presidents of the European Council and Commission and NATO Secretary General on 10 July issued a second Joint Declaration highlighting substantial progress in cooperation between the two organisations since 2016, welcoming EU efforts to boost the Union's security and defence capabilities and agreeing to increase work in the areas of military mobility, counter- terrorism, countering chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear-related risks and the promotion of the women, peace and security agenda. The capabilities developed through the defence initiatives of the EU and NATO should remain coherent, complementary and interoperable, agreed the leaders meeting in Brussels.
Yesterday, in Peshawar, a suicide attack carried out at an electoral campaign event claimed the life of Awami National Party leader Haroon Bilour and tens of others, and injured many more. Our thoughts go to the victims and their families and we express our condolences to them, to the people of Pakistan and to the Pakistani authorities. We understand that an investigation has been launched in order to bring those responsible swiftly to justice.
As part of its External Investment Plan, the EU gave its green light to a package of financial guarantee programmes worth around €800 million on 10 July. This will help to leverage an estimated €8-9 billion in public and private investment in Africa and the Neighbourhood.
The European Union is fully committed to the fight against terrorism, both inside and outside the Union. The progressive eradication of Da'esh and other terrorist groups is crucial in this regard. The EU's comprehensive actions —ranging from preventing and countering violent extremism to supporting law enforcement agencies and rehabilitation and reconciliation efforts of communities in territories formerly usurped by Da'esh. EU support is based on a rule of law approach, in full compliance with international law, fundamental values and international human rights standards.
The EU, together with Somali authorities and international key partners, is engaged in Somalia through an integrated approach based on active diplomacy, support for political change, improving security, development assistance and humanitarian aid.