"The EU has repeatedly called for martial law to be lifted and the democratic process to be restored in Thailand. The replacement of martial law by Order Number 3/2015 does not bring Thailand closer to democratic and accountable government.
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.
In its immediate response to the devastation caused by the tropical cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, the European Commission is making available an initial €1 million to help in the emergency relief efforts. The European Commission is also sending two experts to assess the humanitarian needs and liaise with partner organisations operating on the ground.
The 2nd High Level Security Dialogue between the European Union and the countries of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) took place today, hosted by Tajikistan. Afghanistan was invited as a special guest to the Dialogue.