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The Council today discussed the situation in Afghanistan. Foreign ministers focused on current peace efforts and how the EU can best contribute to these efforts. The Council adopted conclusions on the Afghanistan's peace process. In the conclusions, the Council reaffirms its political commitment and long-term support to the people of Afghanistan on their path towards peace, security and prosperity. The EU encourages the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban to intensify their efforts towards a peaceful and negotiated settlement of the conflict.

The Council today extended until 13 April 2020 its restrictive measures responding to serious human rights violations in Iran.

The Council adopted conclusions on an EU strategic approach to international cultural relations and establishing a framework for action by the member states and the EU institutions.

Since 19 December, peaceful demonstrations have taken place in Sudan. Over the last two days, the Sudanese citizens have come out in unprecedented numbers, calling for change. 

The European Union expects that the call for change will prompt a commitment to a peaceful, credible, legitimate and inclusive process that will allow Sudan to carry out essential reforms. These should guarantee the economic security and political representation that the people of Sudan deserve and expect, while providing assurances for the stability of Sudan’s neighbours.

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The United States’ authorities have revoked the International Criminal Court Prosecutor's visa for entry into the United States. The European Union reiterates its serious concern about the US policy towards the ICC. 
 
The ICC plays a key role in the fight against impunity. The EU emphasises that protecting the neutrality and judicial independence of the ICC is paramount to its effectiveness and proper functioning.
 

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