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The European Union welcomes the agreement reached by the President of Ecuador, Lenín Moreno, and representatives of the indigenous groups, supported by the United Nations and the Episcopal conference, which opened the way to the restoration of peace and public order in the country.

On 10 October 2019 Afghanistan achieved another milestone in its efforts to use global markets to drive growth and job creation when the cabinet chaired by President Ashraf Ghani endorsed the country’s first national trade policy, which sets out a five-year agenda for overcoming challenges that Afghan businesses face in tapping into international value chains.

With European prosperity and Asian peace and security closely connected, the European Union has decided to strengthen its security cooperation in and with Asia. This is also in line with the steps taken by the EU in the past years to strengthen its role as a global security provider: Europe and Asia share a fundamental interest in upholding the rules-based international system, as well as the view that the challenges the world faces today go beyond national borders and cannot be tackled alone. The EU-Asia security partnership is therefore both desirable and necessary.

The Council of the European Union adopted on 14 October 2019 conclusions on democracy.

The conclusions underline that in today's world, democracy is being challenged and called into question. While democracy remains strong in many countries, in others there is a growing trend towards authoritarianism. The Council notes that the challenges to democracy are multi-fold and need to be countered urgently and comprehensively.

The Council of the European Union adopted on 14 October 2019 conclusions on democracy.

The conclusions underline that in today's world, democracy is being challenged and called into question. While democracy remains strong in many countries, in others there is a growing trend towards authoritarianism. The Council notes that the challenges to democracy are multi-fold and need to be countered urgently and comprehensively.

A Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) between the European Union and Singapore took place on 16th October in Brussels.
The meeting was co-chaired by Mr Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific in the European External Action Service (EEAS), and H.E. Ng Teck Hean, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore.

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