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The High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini concluded today her three day visit to Tokyo, where on 22 October she represented the European Union at the enthronement ceremony of His Majesty the Emperor Naruhito, alongside representatives of over 190 countries and international organisations.

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In response to an invitation by the Election Commission, the European Union has deployed an EU Election Observation Mission to Sri Lanka to observe the presidential election, scheduled for 16 November 2019. The EU has a long history of accompanying the electoral process in Sri Lanka and has deployed EOMs on five previous occasions, the last in 2015, which reflects the EU's long-term commitment and partnership with Sri Lanka.

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On 24 October we celebrate the laying of the first stone of the most universal multilateral project in history: the United Nations.

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Special Envoys and Special Representatives of the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States of America met at EU Headquarters in Brussels on 22 October 2019. Respectful of the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, participants exchanged views on the current status of the Afghan peace process and discussed ways to support the Afghan people’s desire for a lasting peace. 

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The EU and China established formal diplomatic ties in 1975 and today EU-China relations encompass an annual summit,
regular ministerial meetings, and over 60 sectoral dialogues. The EU and China are committed to a comprehensive
strategic partnership, as expressed in the EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation. The EU’s new Strategy on
China, adopted in July 2016, has been followed by a March 2019 strategic stocktaking of the EU-China relationship by the
European Commission and the High Representative.

The EU-Japan strategic partnership is based upon longstanding cooperation, shared values and principles such as democracy, the rule of law, human rights, good governance, multilateralism and open market economies. Japan is one of the EU’s closest and most like-minded partners. Over the years, EU–Japan relations have been developing steadily, from enhanced political cooperation to trade and investment, and other areas of interest, ranging from development to climate, research, innovation and growth. Under the new Strategic Partnership Agreement, EU and Japan will expand this cooperation into new areas and strengthen it, especially on matters pertaining to security.

Today, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, and the Minister of National Defence of Viet Nam, General NGO Xuan Lich, signed an Agreement establishing a framework for the participation of Viet Nam in European Union crisis management operations.

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