The European Union condemns the attack on Taji military base in Iraq on 11 March, which resulted in casualties among the Global Coalition forces fighting Da’esh. We express our condolences to the families of the victims and the governments of the United States and United Kingdom. We wish a speedy recovery to those injured.
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 third progress report on the implementation of the European Union Global Strategy, “The EU Global Strategy in Practice - Three years on, looking forward” looks at the progress achieved over the past three years, since the presentation of the Global Strategy in June 2016, in five priority areas - the security of the Union, state and social resilience to our east and south, an integrated approach to conflicts and crises, cooperative regional orders and global governance for the 21st century - and provides possible orientations for the way forward in the coming years.
Today the European Commission marks the 15th European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism – an annual event to commemorate the Madrid bombings of 11 March 2004 which took the lives of 193 EU citizens and injured thousands more.
The suicide attack today in Balochistan's Mastung district killed at least 85 people and injured 120 more. Tragically, this was just the latest in a series of attacks targeting electoral campaign events across Pakistan in the run-up to the general elections on 25 July 2018. We express our sincere condolences to the victims' families and to the people of Pakistan and to the Pakistani authorities.
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, will over the next two days in Brussels participate at the NATO Summit and the meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter Da'esh, as well as hold a number of bilateral meetings, including with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, all with a focus on enhancing European and global security.