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The EU and UN look to enhance practical collaboration in counter-terrorism and the prevention of violent extremism. EU High Representative Mogherini and UN Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov met on Friday in Brussels to discuss cooperation as well as efforts to reform and strengthen the UN's counter-terrorism work.
The EU and Japan have concluded negotiations on a Strategic Partnership Agreement. Complementing the new economic deal agreed in December liberalising trade, the political deal aims to facilitate common solutions to common challenges, such as climate change, energy supply and threats to security. It will help the EU and Japan to jointly promote peace, stability and prosperity globally, as well as an open international system.
The recent offer made by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the Afghan government to the Taliban to engage in a genuine peace process is an unprecedented opportunity for peace after decades of war in Afghanistan. Since the Brussels Conference for Afghanistan in November 2016, the international community, and the EU and its Member States in particular, have delivered on their promises of more funds and practical support to underpin peace, and the EU stands ready to support this new initiative presented by President Ghani during the second meeting on the "Kabul Process" a month ago.
On 26-27 March, EU High Representative Mogherini is in Uzbekistan to open the international Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan: "Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity". The conference brings together Afghanistan, the five Central Asian countries, the United Nations and other stakeholders to support peace-making efforts in the country, as well as local and regional development.