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Brussels, 23 May 2016 
 
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I will be very short this time otherwise I will miss my flight to Mexico where we go to launch important negotiations. Today we had a very good, intense, meeting with the EU Foreign Ministers. 
 

 

The 7th annual Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers' meeting is taking place today in Brussels. High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini chairs the meeting, which brings together Foreign Ministers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, as well as from the EU Member States. The Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn will also be present.

A series of terrorist attacks claimed the lives of dozens of Yemenis and injured many more in the last few days, in particular in Aden and Mukalla. The EU extends its sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a prompt recovery to the wounded. 

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La Summitul mondial privind acțiunile umanitare de la Istanbul, Uniunea Europeană s-a
angajat să consolideze prevenirea și pregătirea, să îmbunătățească răspunsul internațional
și să contribuie la găsirea de soluții pentru a sprijini sistemul de ajutor umanitar, care este
mult prea solicitat.

The annual European Union Human Rights Defenders Award is granted by the EU Member States, Norway and the EU Delegation in Uganda to recognise the achievements of Human Rights Defenders in Uganda.

Une série d'attentats perpétrés ces jours derniers ont coûté la vie à des dizaines de Yéménites et en ont blessé de nombreux autres, en particulier à Aden et à Mukalla. L’UE adresse ses sincères condoléances aux familles des victimes et souhaite un prompt rétablissement aux blessés.

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Dans le prolongement des discussions constructives que nous avons menées lundi dernier à Vienne sur une série de questions relatives à la Libye, le Premier ministre libyen, M. al-Sarraj, a écrit pour demander un soutien rapide de l'UE visant à contribuer à la formation de la marine et des garde‑côtes libyens ainsi que des services de sécurité.

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Following up on our useful talks last Monday in Vienna to discuss an array of issues relating to Libya, the Libyan Prime Minister Serraj has written to request rapid EU support contributing to the training of the Libyan Navy and Coast Guard, as well as the security service. This is an important  development that I will discuss with Ministers at tomorrow's meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council with a view to making this operational as soon as possible so as to support the Libyans with the many challenges that need facing.

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Mr Binali Yıldırım was nominated as the new Prime Minister of Turkey today. We congratulate him for the nomination that comes at an important moment not only for Turkey, but also for the EU-Turkey relationship.
We look forward to continuing to work together on common regional and international challenges, and to further implement all aspects of our joint partnership, as agreed at the first EU-Turkey summit last November and in the EU-Turkey Statement from 18 March. 

Heads of Mission of the European Union resident in Bangladesh called today on the Honourable
Foreign Minister, H.E. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali MP.

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