Video conference of foreign affairs ministers, 29 May 2020

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EU Ministers responsible for matters relating to foreign affairs held a videoconference on 29 May 2020. The agenda included the following items:

  • Discussion on the latest developments in Afghanistan, followed by adoption of conclusions on this matter;
  • Discussion on the relations between the European Union (EU) and China and developments since the Communication on EU-China relations;
  • Discussion on the latest developments in Hong Kong;
  • Update on the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the Asia-Pacific region.
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Council of the European Union: Press Release, 29/05/2020: Declaration of the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on Hong Kong
Poland: Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Video conference of EU foreign ministers, 29 May 2020
Germany: Federal Foreign Office: Article, 29/05/2020: Foreign Minister Maas: when talking with China, we must speak with one voice
France: Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs: News, 29/05/2020: EU – Participation of Jean-Yves Le Drian in the EU Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (via videoconference, 29 May 2020)
Slovakia: Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs: News, 29/05/2020: The Heads of EU Diplomacies Talk on the Relations with China, the Situation in Hong Kong and the Impact of the Pandemic on the Relations with Asia and the Pacific
Hungary: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: News, 29/05/2020: The countries of Europe should not act as if they do not want good relations with China

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