Free, open and stable seas are a cornerstone for peace, stability and prosperity of the international community. Recognizing the importance of the oceans, we, the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and High Representative of the European Union, reaffirm our commitment to further international cooperation on maritime security and safety.
Election day in Chad passed off peacefully on 10 April, demonstrating the determination of all Chadians to perform their civic duty and their commitment to the country's stability, despite the tensions apparent in the run-up to the election and a number of logistical difficulties.
It is now important that the votes are counted in an orderly fashion and that the process is transparent and verifiable.
Le déroulement dans le calme de la journée électorale du 10 avril au Tchad témoigne de l'engagement de tous les Tchadiens d'accomplir leur devoir civique et leur attachement à la stabilité du pays malgré les tensions pré-électorales observées et certaines difficultés logistiques.
Dans le même esprit, il importe que le processus de dépouillement et de compilation des votes se déroule dans l'ordre et de façon transparente et vérifiable.
We, the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the High Representative of the European Union, have gathered in Hiroshima, Japan on April 10-11 to address a number of major international issues that impact global peace, security and prosperity.
We emphasize the importance of our meeting in Hiroshima seventy one years after World War II, which unleashed unprecedented horror upon the world. The people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki experienced immense devastation and human suffering as a consequence of the atomic bombings and have rebuilt their cities so impressively.
Let me start by a sincere thank you for inviting me to address you today, in the heart of ASEAN. Some of you will certainly remember the speech delivered by the then President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy in November 2014 in this very same room. I myself travelled several times to your region last year and my intention is to keep coming back, like today, to invest in our partnership and develop it further. That is my firm - personal and political - commitment.
Federica Mogherini and the G7 Foreign Ministers met in Hiroshima at the weekend to discuss international issues such as countering terrorism and violent extremism, the refugee crisis, Syria, Libya, events in the Middle East and Ukraine.
Also on the agenda was maritime security, cyber issues, disarmament and non-proliferation, Africa, and Asian affairs.
Participants from around the world attended the conference under the #EU4humanRights campaign on Ageing: Rights for Empowerment. Discussing the ways and means to effectively empower older persons, they called for concrete action.