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EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, today met, for the first time in his new capacity, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, Chyngyz Aidarbekov.

High Representative/Vice-President Borrell and Minister Aidarbekov discussed a number of issues on which the European Union and the Kyrgyz Republic share a common interest, including enhancing regional cooperation in Central Asia and promoting sustainable Euro-Asian connectivity. 

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The Council adopted conclusions on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), after the first peaceful transfer of power in the country's history, opening a window of opportunity for stability and inclusive development in the DRC and the region as a whole.

While recognising the primary responsibility of the Arctic states for the development of the region, the Council notes that many of the issues affecting the region are of a global nature and are more effectively addressed through regional or multilateral cooperation. It notes that the EU should continue to make a significant contribution in both regional and multilateral fora which deal with arctic matters.

The Council today adopted conclusions on the Civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Compact reaffirming its commitment to make civilian CSDP more capable, more effective, flexible and responsive, as well as more joined up.