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Dr Leyla Yunus and Mr Arif Yunus have today arrived in the Netherlands and they have finally now been reunited with their daughter. The compassionate decision of the Azerbaijani authorities to allow the Yunus' to leave the country further contributes to the enhancement of relations between the European Union and Azerbaijan. We continue to call for the full release and rehabilitation of all those currently imprisoned or under restricted movement in Azerbaijan on political grounds, in line with Azerbaijan's international commitments.

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Today's attack in Kabul demonstrates the fragility of the current security situation in Afghanistan. It reminds us once again of the need to work with energy, determination and dedication, and in partnership with the Afghan leadership, to achieve sustainable security and stability for the Afghan people.

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L’attentat perpétré aujourd’hui à Kaboul témoigne de la fragilité de la situation actuelle en matière de sécurité en Afghanistan. Il nous rappelle une fois encore la nécessité d’œuvrer avec énergie, détermination et résolution, et en partenariat avec les autorités afghanes, afin d'assurer une sécurité et une stabilité durables à la population afghane.

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Dr Leyla Yunus and Mr Arif Yunus have today arrived in the Netherlands and they have finally now been reunited with their daughter. The compassionate decision of the Azerbaijani authorities to allow the Yunus' to leave the country further contributes to the enhancement of relations between the European Union and Azerbaijan. We continue to call for the full release and rehabilitation of all those currently imprisoned or under restricted movement in Azerbaijan on political grounds, in line with Azerbaijan's international commitments.

Federica Mogherini was in Luxembourg today to chair the Foreign Affairs Council in the Defence Ministers' format. The meeting's first session focused on Afghanistan, hours after a new deadly attack in central Kabul. Today's attack "shows us how fragile the security situation is in the country," Mogherini commented at the end of the meeting. Protracted violence confirms "the need to continue to work with a lot of energy and attention, in partnership with the Afghan leadership, to stabilise the country," the High Representative added.

On 19 April 2016, the Council approved the establishment of a military training mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM RCA) to contribute to the country's defence sector reform.

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Le 19 avril 2016, le Conseil a approuvé la mise en place d'une mission militaire de formation en République centrafricaine (EUTM RCA) en vue de contribuer à la réforme du secteur de la défense dans le pays.

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EU Ambassador Jean-François Cautain met Saturday with H.E. Mr Ishaq Dar, Finance Minister of Pakistan and Monday with Honourable Mr Justice Sardar Raza, Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan. In the meetings the Ambassador handed over the final report on the EU Electoral Follow-up Mission (EFM), which visited Pakistan in February 2016 to discuss the electoral reform process with key stakeholders, based on the fifty recommendations of the EU election observation mission, which was deployed for the May 2013 parliamentary elections.

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Thank you very much. Let me say how glad I am to welcome here today my good friend, Minister of Norway, Minister Brende. We always have good and regular occasions of exchanging on many different foreign affairs issues. And let me say, this is out of the formal context here, that really, in him and in Norway we always find a great partner on the many different challenges we are facing.

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