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Thank you very much. It is a pleasure for me to be in Jeddah, for the second time in an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the last year. We meet very often in multilateral meetings and regional events, but it is always a pleasure for me to back for an official visit. I understand that it is also a special time, on the eve of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Summit that is going to be particularly important. So I am particularly glad to be here in this moment. 
 

International Labour Conference - 105th session (30th May – 10th June 2016) - Committee on Promoting Decent Work in Global Supply Chains - Q2: What policies, strategies, actions and programmes have been put in place by the Office, ILO constituents and other stakeholders to ensure that economic development and decent work, including respect for international labour standards go hand in hand?

Komisioni Evropian (KE) dhe qeveria e Kosovës mbajtën takimin e tyre të fundit në kuadër të Dialogut për Procesin e Stabilizim Asociimit (DPSA) më 31 maj. Ky takim u përqendrua në çështjet ekonomike dhe financiare, statistika dhe kontroll financiar. Me hyrjen në fuqi të MSA-së në mes të BE-së dhe Kosovës, korniza e dialogut do të reformohet – diskutimet do të zhvillohen në kuadër të kornizës së Komiteteve për MSA.

 

On the eve of the EU-Gulf Cooperation Council Ministerial on July 19, High Representative Federica Mogherini held intensive talks in Jeddah with Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, on bilateral EU-Saudi relations as well as possible responses to the difficult situation in the region.

The sentence against Ali Salman, Secretary-General of Al Wefaq political society, was increased from 4 to 9 years imprisonment by a Bahraini Court of Appeal on 30 May 2016. Contrary to the first instance ruling, the Court of Appeal retained the charge of "seeking to overthrow by force the monarchy and change the political system”.

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The European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica,  attends the 8th Summit of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Heads of State and Government in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea from 30 May to 1 June 2016.

La peine prononcée à l'encontre d'Ali Salman, secrétaire général du parti Al-Wefaq, est passée de 4 à 9 années d'emprisonnement à la suite de la décision de la Cour d'appel de Bahreïn du 30 mai 2016. Contrairement à la décision rendue en première instance, la Cour d'appel a retenu l'accusation de «tentative de renversement par la force de la monarchie et de réforme du système politique».

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First of all let me say that is really an honour and a big pleasure to welcome you here Adel [bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia], just one month and a half after my last visit to Jeddah where I had the chance of meeting not only with you on our bilateral issues but also with the GCC secretariat. I would also like to thank the GCC secretariat for the work done in preparation of this Ministerial meeting. And that is really with gratitude that I welcome you here. I am really delighted that you came to Brussels after so many years to co-chair our Ministerial meeting this year. It has been an important meeting.

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