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The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission, was pleased to welcome Dr Amal Al Qubaisi on 25 April 2016 on the occasion of her visit to Brussels. Sulaiman Al Mazroui, UAE Ambassador to the EU, Abdulaziz Al Zaabi and Dr Saeed Al Mutawa, Members of the FNC, as well as Abdulrahman Ali Humaid Saeed Al Shamsi, assistant secretary general of the FNC, were members of the UAE delegation.

On this day we celebrate the World Press Freedom Day. On the 25th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration the EU wishes to recall the principle that "the establishment, maintenance and fostering of an independent, pluralistic and free press is essential to the development and maintenance of democracy in a nation, and for economic development".

This year, for the first time, Ambassadors and diplomats from EU Member States are visiting universities across Pakistan to inform students and faculty about the European Union, its bilateral relations with Pakistan as well as the country they are representing.

The Agreement creating the European Economic Area (EEA) entered into force on 1 January 1994. It allows the EEA EFTA States (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) to participate in the Internal Market on the basis of their application of Internal Market relevant acquis.

The Northern Dimension is a joint policy between EU, Russia, Norway and Iceland. The ND Policy was initiated in 1999 and renewed in 2006.

SAARC is an economic and political regional organisation of countries in South Asia set up in 1985. It aims to accelerate the process of economic and social development in its member states through increased intra-regional cooperation.

The Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) are countries that have a special relationship with one of the Member States of the European Community.

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, The Republic of Moldova and Ukraine are European countries not part of the EU

Europe and Africa have close historical, cultural and geographical ties. EU-Africa relations are based on the 2000 Cotonou Agreement with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, which grew out of the 1975 Lomé Convention.

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