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The European Council elected today Charles Michel as President of the European Council. The President of the European Council is elected for the period from 1 December 2019 until 31 May 2022. The European Council adopted the decision proposing Ursula von der Leyen to the European Parliament as candidate for President of the European Commission. The European Council also considered Josep Borrell Fontelles to be the appropriate candidate for High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The European Council also considered Christine Lagarde to be the appropriate candidate for President of the European Central Bank.

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"Torture is a crime that can target anyone through different forms and in different settings, and all victims of torture, including those who are unacknowledged, neglected or overlooked, are at the forefront of our policy," High Representative Federica Mogherini claimed on behalf of the EU, on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, reiterating its strongest opposition to any kind of acts of torture worldwide.

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, today hosted Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Brussels on the

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Both sides reaffirm their determination to further strengthen the long term, forward-looking and broad based partnership for peace, development and prosperity. This partnership is rooted in shared values, principles, and commitments. The SEP would be based on the principles of the UN Charter, international norms and law, principles of mutual respect and trust, as well as common interests. It is also building upon the progress achieved so far under the Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on partnership and development of 2004, as well as the EU-Pakistan Summit Joint Statements of 2009 and 2010, and the 5-Year Engagement Plan (2012 - 2017).

The EU’s bilateral relations with Pakistan are guided by the EU-Pakistan Strategic Engagement Plan, signed in
June 2019, and by the 2004 Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development. The Strategic Engagement Plan provides a comprehensive political framework in the areas of peace and security, democracy, the rule of law, good governance and human rights, migration and mobility, trade and investment, sustainable development, education and culture, and science and technology.

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