The EU expects that the prison sentences of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo should be reviewed and the two journalists be released immediately and unconditionally, the EEAS spokesperson said in a statement on Monday after a court decision in Yangon to sentence them to 7 years of imprisonment.
The EU on Thursday has called for a "comprehensive and transparent investigation" into a drone "assassination" attemyp on Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro. A spokesperson for the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini stressed in a statement the bloc reject “any form of violence" and expects that a probe of drone attack is conducted to establish the facts.
Federica Mogherini visited on 8 August Australia for the first time in her capacity as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/VP of the European Commission, the EU press service reported. While in Sydney, she met with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to discuss bilateral issues such as the recently launched trade negotiations and the progress made in implementing the 2017 EU-Australia Framework Agreement.
The EU’s updated Blocking Statute enters into force on 7 August as to mitigate the impact of the taking effect tomorrow re-imposed US sanctions on Iran, concerning the interests of EU companies doing legitimate business in this country. The updated Blocking Statute is part of the EU’s support for the continued full and effective implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the Iran nuclear deal, including by sustaining trade and economic relations between the EU and Iran.
European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini starts on 3 August an official visit to several countries in Asia and Oceania, the EU press service reported. She will travel to Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia.