EU-US: Joint EEAS-State Department press release on high-level consultations on the Indo-Pacific – World
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman and Secretary-General of the European External Action Service Stefano Sannino led the first high-level consultations between the US and the EU on the Indo-Pacific on December 3 in Washington.
The two reviewed their respective Indo-Pacific engagement and strategies. Both reaffirmed their intention to work together and with partners to support a free and open Indo-Pacific, inclusive, based on the rule of law and democratic values, and contributing to the stability, security and sustainable development of the region. The United States and the European Union share a strategic interest in strengthening cooperation with Indo-Pacific partners on the basis of common values and interests, and in support of multilateral frameworks based on rules. Both sides reaffirmed the importance of ASEAN’s centrality and support for a strong and independent ASEAN.
They affirmed their common goal of coordinating the Indo-Pacific engagement and identified possible priority areas and immediate themes of cooperation, such as tackling the climate crisis (including prevention and rapid response to natural disasters), public health and pandemic response and preparedness (including support to COVAX, promotion of global health security and support to national health systems), freedom of navigation and maritime safety, human rights human rights, core labor standards as defined by the ILO (including those concerning child labor), good governance, infrastructure, critical and emerging technologies, cybersecurity and the fight against disinformation. The United States and the EU share an interest in security, stability and predictability in the region, including with respect to freedom of navigation and overflight in accordance with international law as reflected in the 1982 Convention on the law of the sea. They reaffirmed their interest in the stability and status quo in the Taiwan Strait, and the two sides noted a common interest in deepening cooperation with Taiwan in accordance with their respective “one-China” policies. “.
Deputy Secretary Sherman and Secretary General Sannino recognized the significant infrastructure development needs of partners in the Indo-Pacific region. They recalled the intention expressed by President Biden, President von der Leyen and President Michel at the 2021 US-EU summit and on the sidelines of COP 26 to strengthen cooperation on sustainable connectivity, quality infrastructure and tackle the climate crisis through infrastructure. development.
They reaffirmed the goal of the US and the EU to promote the development of infrastructure, including digital infrastructure, that is of high quality, transparent, resilient and sustainable, and that facilitates the green transition. As part of this goal, they reiterated the common US and EU interest in a transparent, sustainable and fair regulatory and policy environment in the Indo-Pacific that attracts private and public investment. They expressed their intention to exchange best practices and identify areas of complementarity between existing infrastructure initiatives in the US, EU, regional and multilateral level, including the Build Back Better World initiative. and the EU Global Gateway.
The Under-Secretary and the Secretary-General agreed to continue these consultations as appropriate.
Deputy Secretary Sherman and Secretary General Sannino held a separate bilateral meeting on December 2.
Regarding the situation at the EU’s borders with Belarus, Secretary General Sannino and Deputy Secretary Sherman condemned the Lukashenka regime’s exploitation of migrants, including asylum seekers, and disregard for basic human rights and stressed that the Belarusian regime should be held responsible for these abuses. With regard to Russia and Ukraine, they expressed concern about the recent Russian military build-up on the Ukrainian border. They confirmed the unwavering support and commitment of the EU and the United States to the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, within its internationally recognized borders, including the Crimean Peninsula. They recalled Ukraine’s sovereign right to make its own choices in foreign and security policy and discussed the importance of continued consultations and US and EU support for the Ukraine against Russian aggression.
They discussed concerns about the new COVID-19 variant Omicron. They underscored the urgency of rapidly and equitably increasing global vaccinations, to combat this variant and future variants, as well as the need for countries to increase their global vaccine contributions, an issue on which the United States and the EU are closely associated. They also discussed the current crisis in Venezuela and the importance of resuming comprehensive negotiations to resolve it. They exchanged views on global energy prices and recent EU and US efforts to tackle the negative impact on households and businesses.
The Secretary General and Deputy Secretary of State discussed the situation in Afghanistan, stressing the need to provide urgent and unhindered humanitarian aid and to ensure basic social service support directly to the people. They stressed the imperative to uphold respect for human rights, especially those of women and girls, as well as members of minority groups, and stressed the importance of fighting terrorism and creating an inclusive government to improve human rights. prospects for stability and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
They expressed grave concern at the deteriorating situation in Ethiopia and pledged urgent joint efforts towards a cessation of hostilities, peace talks and unhindered humanitarian access. In Sudan, they recognized the reinstatement of Dr Abdalla Hamdok as transitional prime minister, condemned violence against peaceful protesters since October 25 and called for credible action to accelerate the country’s transition to democracy. They expressed concern at the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in the central Sahel and called for a sustained joint effort between the countries of the region and international actors, in order to address the root causes of the instability. In the region.
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