EU to enhance security coop. with Asia

BRUSSELS, The European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Council Monday adopted conclusions on enhanced EU security cooperation in and with Asia.

The Council meeting in Brussels today in its conclusion noted that there are important possibilities to deepen EU security cooperation with its Asian strategic partners: China, India, Japan and South Korea, as well as with other partners, along with ASEAN and its member states.

It identified key areas for deeper security engagement, maritime security, cyber security, counter terrorism, hybrid threats, conflict prevention, the proliferation of chemical biological radiological and nuclear weapons and the development of regional cooperative orders.

Moreover, the Council adopted conclusions on strengthening the EU?’s civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

It identified a range of actions to make civilian CSDP more effective on the ground and identify ways in which civilian missions could contribute to tackling security challenges along the nexus internal/external security.

The next steps are to present a civilian capability development plan by summer 2018 and to agree a civilian CSDP compact by November 201, noted a Council statement. The EU currently has 10 civilian CSDP missions deployed.

Meanwhile, the Council also today adopted the EU’s annual report on human rights and democracy in the world in 2017.

In 2017, human rights remained at the heart of the European Union’s external action, and the EU reaffirmed its role as a leading global proponent of the promotion and protection of human rights, said the Council in a statement.

The EU continued to oppose firmly any unjustified restrictions of the rights of freedom of association and peaceful assembly, as 2017 saw a continued backlash against civil society, it added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency