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On October 20, 2020, another round of the “European Union - Central Asia” high level Security and Political Dialogue was held online. From the European side EEAS SG Ms Helga Schmid held a constructive dialogue with all the Central Asian Deputy Foreign Ministers and the Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister. Uzbekistan was represented by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Sherzod Asadov.

18/10/2020 - HR/VP blog - At our last Foreign Affairs Council, we took stock of our relations with Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) at a time when this region is going through a dramatic crisis because of COVID-19. This was also much needed because the region has lately not been high enough on our agenda: we must reverse this trend.

On EU anti-trafficking day in human beings, the European Union reaffirms its commitment to protect victims, support survivors and prosecute perpetrators of human trafficking

Poverty is a calamity that affects millions of lives and has to be overcome in our days. For the EU, the eradication of poverty has been a key priority in its external action. Support provided by the EU has contributed to a global positive trend to put an end to the phenomenon. The global pandemic is challenging this trend. On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, it is time to reflect on how societies must come together to combat poverty across the globe.

Food is the essence of life and yet it is something that we may take for granted. The COVID-19 global health crisis has made us rethink the things we truly cherish and our most basic needs. One of these is food. Preserving access to safe and nutritious food is an essential part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for poor and vulnerable communities, hit hardest by the pandemic. The EU is committed to tackle global hunger and contribute to the accomplishment of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 2: ZERO HUNGER

15/10/2020 - Last week, together with Commissioner Janez Lenarčič, I travelled to hand-over anti-COVID-19 material to the African Union Centre for Disease Control; to discuss with our African Union counterparts how to strengthen the EU-AU partnership in a post-pandemic world; and to underscore our support for the on-going reforms in Ethiopia, at a difficult moment.

The European Union takes note of the resignation earlier today of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, after the recent invalidation of the parliamentary elections in the country.

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The European Union takes note of the invalidation of the results of the 6 October Parliamentary elections by the Election Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic. The EU also notes the concerns raised by Kyrgyz citizens and the international community about possible procedural flaws during the designation of the new Prime Minister. These concerns should be clarified.

The EU has been battling for the implementation and respect for human rights, and the global abolition
of death penalty remains a prominent priority. We celebrate the European and World Day against Death
Penalty by reaffirming our strong stand against capital punishment.

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